Serena Williams made her comeback after a year out of tennis as the American legend teamed with Ons Jabeur in the Eastbourne International doubles on Tuesday.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was back in action for the very first time when you consider that she made a tearful exit from Wimbledon final year.

The 40-year-old suffered a leg harm during her Wimbledon first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and had not been seen on court since.

Williams and Tunisia's Jabeur, who's third in the WTA singles rankings, confronted Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

After so long away, Serena soaked up the applause throughout a raucous reception from the crowd when she walked onto court in the early evening sunshine.

Before Williams made the surprise announcement of her impending return last week, rumours of retirement had swirled around her for several months.

But, with Wimbledon starting on June 27, Williams finally resumed her career, playing with Jabeur on the Wimbledon warm-up event by the Sussex seaside.

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