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Serena Williams will play Wimbledon

June 6, 2011 |  6:51 pm

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Serena Williams, who hasn’t played a tennis tournament since winning Wimbledon in 2010, announced Monday that she plans to play both Wimbledon, which begins June 20, and a tournament in Eastbourne, England, next week as preparation.

“I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again,” Williams said in a statement. “These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character building. I have so much to be grateful for. I’m thankful to my family, friends and fans for all of their support. Serena’s back!”

After Williams won Wimbledon last July for her 13th major championship, she sustained cut tendons in her foot in an accident she said was caused by stepping on broken glass at a restaurant in Germany. Since then, she has had two surgeries.

Last February, she suffered from a pulmonary embolism that required treatment at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

Williams was ranked No. 1 in the world after her Wimbledon win last year. She is now ranked No. 25. Wimbledon does not do its draw strictly according to the computer rankings, unlike the other three major tournaments, so Williams could have a seeding that is better than her ranking.

--Diane Pucin

Photo: Serena Williams helps coach kids at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington on April 28. Credit: Evan Vucci / Associated Press

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