Owens Jabber said Monday that she “can’t wait” to team up with Serena Williams as the American star prepares to return to tennis at Eastbourne International almost a year later. Williams, the 23-year-old Grand Slam singles champion, was given a singles wildcard entry at Wimbledon last week, starting next Monday. The 40-year-old has not played since suffering an injury during his first-round match at Wimbledon 12 months ago, ranking 1,204th in the world.
The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is set to speed up preparations for the All England Club by playing doubles in a grass court tournament in Eastbourne, but his scheduled practice session was canceled on Monday.
Tunisia’s Jabier and Williams will launch a doubles campaign against Sara Soribs Tormo and Marie Bozkova on Tuesday.
“I am a good secret keeper,” said Jabbar, the new world number three, after winning on the grass in Berlin on Sunday. “Yes, I know before the French Open.
“A lot of players were jealous because I was playing with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena, she is a legend and will always be.
“The fact that she came back and I became part of her journey, it’s really incredible.”
Jabbar was supposed to play singles in Eastbourne, but after her performances in Germany, she will now only be in doubles.
He said he did not need a “second” to consider teaming up with the American.
“It’s such an inspiration and the fact that we’re playing doubles together is big news for me and it’s incredible,” he said.
“I honestly never expected her to pick me after a long time or even play doubles, but I feel like I’m going to go back and see her win a lot of Grand Slams. All the memories. I hope it doesn’t. I’m so nervous, I’m standing by it. “
Wimbledon is widely regarded as the best opportunity for Williams to equal the 24th Grand Slam singles title to Margaret Court’s all-time record.
But last year’s Wimbledon finalist Carolina Pliskova warned the veteran that staying away from the court would make it difficult for her to run for the All England club.
“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult for him, even if he’s not a player of any kind because he’s the one who needs some time right now.”
“But of course, he’s an amazing player, he’s got a lot going on and yet a lot of players will be afraid to play him. That’s the advantage but let’s see the level. I really can’t say.”
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