In her preparation for Wimbledon, SERENA WILLIAMS has encountered a setback.
Due to her partner’s forced withdrawal, the 40-year-old’s run in the doubles at Eastbourne is over.
Due to a knee injury, Tunisian star Ons Jabeur was forced to leave the competition on the south coast of England.
At Devonshire Park, Williams and Jabeur had won their first two games on the grass.
The withdrawal might have been a warning before Wimbledon, which starts on Monday at SW19.
Serena accepted a wildcard to the competition, which she has previously won seven times.
After tearing her hamstring on Centre Court in 2021, she hasn’t participated in a competitive singles match in a year.
There was never any doubt that someone of Williams’ stature would be left off the initial wildcard list, despite the fact that she has dropped to position 1,208 in the WTA world rankings due to her inactivity.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed her return last week on Instagram.
SW (Serena Williams) and SW19, she captioned a picture of her white Nike sneakers on grass. It’s a date, so let’s get this party started. You’ll find me there. Let’s get this party started.”
It is a good selection on the women’s side, according to Tim Henman, a member of Wimbledon’s committee board.
Serena requested one in fact a few weeks ago, and she will perform at Eastbourne.
“Hopefully she will have a good opportunity to practice on a grass court.”
Before giving birth to her daughter Olympia, Williams won her last major at the 2017 Australian Open. Since then, she has lost in four major finals.
She needs one more major victory to match Margaret Court’s historic 24-singles-Slam total.