Serena Williams returns to singles tennis at Wimbledon
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The American was cheered as she walked onto Centre Court for the evening match, waving to the crowd.
Doubts had been growing about whether the former world number one -- who has slumped to 1,204th in the rankings after her period of inaction, would return to the sport.
Twelve months ago, she quit her Wimbledon first round match in tears after suffering an injury on Centre Court.
But she warmed up by teaming up with Ons Jabeur in the doubles at Eastbourne last week and Wimbledon is widely considered her best chance of winning an elusive 24th Grand Slam.