Serena Williams’ Wimbledon preparations suffered a blow after doubles associate Ons Jabeur withdrew from the Eastbourne event due to a knee harm on Thursday. Williams had returned to tennis at Eastbourne after 12 months away, taking part in her first two aggressive matches since she limped out of final yr’s Wimbledon in tears with a leg harm. The 40-year-old American and Tunisian associate Jabeur made it via to the Eastbourne semi-finals with wins over Maria Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo within the final 16 and Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching within the quarter-finals.
But Jabeur’s harm deprives Serena of the prospect to hone additional her grass-court recreation forward of the beginning of Wimbledon on Monday.
Before Williams made the shock announcement of her return final week, rumours of retirement had swirled round her for a number of months.
But Williams has accepted a wild card into the ladies’s singles at Wimbledon as she bids to equal Margaret Court’s report of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
She will discover out who she faces within the first spherical when the draw is made on Friday.
Speaking after Wednesday’s doubles match, Williams had mentioned: “I feel good. As good as one can feel after having such a long time off. I was telling Ons, this was a really good match and the second set in particular, they played really well, but we were able to just play different circumstances.
“It was truly good match play and match apply, which is strictly what I wanted and what I needed to do coming right here, so I could not have requested for extra.”
The last of Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles came at the Australian Open in 2017.
Since then she has lost four Grand Slam finals, including at Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019.
Williams won the seventh and most recent of her seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016.
Serena, who became a mother in 2017, has plummeted to 1,204th in the WTA rankings due to her period out of action prior to Eastbourne.
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