Following her bizarre exit from the Wimbledon Championships this year, Serena Williams has confirmed that she is fit to participate in the Swedish Open next week.
Tournament director Nina Wennerstrom told ESPN that the World No.1 has entered the tournament in Bastad and plans to take part.
Williams was given a blood pressure test by medical staff before the doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele but it was eminently clear that she was not up to par as she warmed up for the contest. She could barely keep the ball in play during practice and remained seated for a good portion of the time before the contest. In the third game, Williams served three consecutive double faults – was asked whether she could continue – served another double fault, and the subsequently retired from the contest.
Her retirement led to severe criticism from the likes of Martina Navratilova.
The Swedish Open begins July 14 at Bastad, Sweden.