Serena Williams’ Wimbledon preparations suffered a setback when doubles partner Owens Jabbar withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament on Thursday due to a knee injury. Williams returned to tennis in Eastbourne after a 12-month absence, playing his first two competitive matches since being ruled out of Wimbledon last year due to a leg injury. Jabbar, a 40-year-old American and Tunisian partner, advanced to the semifinals after beating Maria Bozkova and Sarah Soribs Tormo in the last 16 and Shoko Oyama and Chan Hao Chung in the quarterfinals.
But Jabbar’s injury deprived Serena of the opportunity to further improve her grass court game before the start of Wimbledon on Monday.
Rumors of his retirement had been circulating for months before Williams announced his surprise return last week.
But Williams has accepted the wild card in the women’s singles at Wimbledon as he has bid to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
With the draw on Friday, he will know who he is facing in the first round.
Speaking after Wednesday’s doubles match, Williams said: “I’m feeling good. I feel as good as anyone can after a long vacation. I was telling Ounce, this is really a It was a good match and especially the second set, they really did play. OK, but we were only able to play in different situations.
“It was actually a good match game and match practice, which I needed and what I wanted to do when I came here, so I couldn’t ask for more.”
The last of Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles came at the 2017 Australian Open.
Since then, she has lost four Grand Slam finals, including Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019.
Williams won the seventh and most recent of his seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016.
Serena, who became a mother in 2017, is ranked 1,204th in the WTA rankings due to being out of term before Eastbourne.
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