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Serena Williams out of Eastbourne after partner Ons Jabeur’s injury

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Serena Williams and Once Jaber withdrew from the semi-final in Eastbourne on Thursday, completing their exciting run as doubles partners for the first time. Jabeur was unable to continue due to a knee injury.

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The duo, calling themselves OnsRena, won both matches they played in Eastbourne. They took a narrow tiebreak victory on Tuesday, defeating Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Buzkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11. They then won a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shuko Aoyama and Hao-Ching Chan on Wednesday. Alexandra Krunic and Magda Lynette, who were supposed to be Williams and Jabert’s next opponents, will now go straight to the final.

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Eastbourne was Williams’ first competition in almost a year. In the first round of Wimbledon 2021, Williams suffered a leg injury that forced her to retire. She limped off the court in tears and spent the next 11 and a half months recovering. She teased her return on 14 June and secured a spot at Wimbledon before teaming up with Jaber in doubles at Eastbourne as a warm-up ahead of her return to the Grand Slams.

Tennis - Eastbourne International - Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, UK - June 22, 2022 Serena Williams of the United States and Once Jaber of Tunisia celebrate their doubles quarterfinal match against Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Taiwan's Hao-Chin Chan.  Andrew Boyers
Serena Williams and her doubles partner Once Jabeur pulled out of Eastbourne with Jabeur’s knee injury. (Images in motion via Reuters/Andrew Boyers)
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Although Williams’ partnership with Jabeur was short-lived, it allowed her to return to competitive mode again. She doesn’t play Wimbledon to do well, she plays to win, and it’s helpful that her first return to the court won’t be an All England first round.

“I feel good,” Williams said after Wednesday’s match. “As good as you can feel after such a long break. […] It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and wanted to do when I came here, so I couldn’t ask for more.”

No details about Jaber’s injury have been released, so it is unknown if it will cause her to miss Wimbledon or if she pulled out as a precaution. The All England game starts on Monday but, depending on Friday’s draw, she could get an extra day off if her first round match is scheduled for Tuesday.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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