Serena Williams return to tennis at Eastbourne

Serena Williams return to tennis at Eastbourne

Serena Williams made her return to the tennis court - almost exactly a year since her last competitive match.

Williams, 40, defeated Mari Bozkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 at Rothesse in Eastbourne.

Some day after many had predicted the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion would never play again.

Williams, who hasn't played since last year's Wimbledon tournament, hinted at a return on Instagram on Tuesday morning.

She's provided limited updates about her recovery from a leg injury suffered early in her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon last year.

Williams has the motivation to make a comeback since she's one Grand Slam title away from tying Margaret Court for the most major singles titles in the sport's history (24).

She's reached four Grand Slam finals since that title in Melbourne five years ago but has come up short on each occasion.

Next week Williams is hoping to play in the singles at Wimbledon, where she has won seven of her major titles.