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“Just to be here shows that she has a lot of love for this game,” Rafael Nadal pays tribute to Serena Williams for her comeback at Wimbledon 2022

22-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal opens up about Serena Williams' gritty comeback at Wimbledon 2022.

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

Serena Williams shocked the world by announcing her comeback at Wimbledon 2022 just two weeks before the tournament. Serena, who got herself injured at Wimbledon last year was out of action for a year, and given her age, many assumed that Serena has retired and would never come back. But Serena wasn’t done and took a wildcard for Wimbledon.

She lost in the opening round of the tournament against an inspired Harmony Tan. Despite giving a very tough fight, Serena lost the match in three tight sets 5-7,6-1,6-7(7-10) and crashed out of the tournament on her comeback. With the win, Serena’s quest to win her elusive 24th major title has also taken a halt for time being.

Serena has won 23 major titles and is just one major away from equaling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slams. It is believed that the only reason for Serna playing tennis at 40 is to match Court’s record which will put her as the most successful tennis player in history.

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Rafael Nadal speaks about Serena Williams’ return

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

Rafael Nadal, who himself is just one major away from Serena’s tally spoke about her inspirational comeback. Nadal has 22 majors to his name and is looking to win a record 23rd major title at Wimbledon this fortnight. At Wimbledon, Nadal said that after all the things Serena has achieved and after a long injury break, it is difficult to come back and to do so, requires a lot of love and heart for tennis, which she has.

“After all the things that she achieved, and a long period of time being injured, it’s so difficult to come back. Just to be here shows that she has a lot of love for her work and for this game,” Nadal said.

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