Serena Williams’ doubles campaign at Eastbourne International has ended due to an injury to her partner Ons Jabeur, organisers said on Thursday.
Eastbourne International: Serena’s doubles campaign ends due to partner Jabeur’s injury (Reuters Photo)
- Serena Williams’ doubles campaign at Eastbourne International has ended
- Serena’s doubles partner Ons Jabeur has injured her right knee
- Williams and Jabeur won their first two matches in the tournament
Serena Williams and her doubles partner Ons Jabeur had to withdraw from their Rothesay International semifinal against Aleksandra Krunic and Magda Linette due to a right knee injury to Jabeur.
Tunisian Jabeur, ranked third in the world in singles, has injured her right knee, Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said in a social media post.
Williams and Jabeur won their first two matches in the tournament and were scheduled to play in the semi-finals against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia and Poland’s Magda Linette.
The WTA 500 tournament was the first competitive event for Williams — though she picked only doubles — since the 23-time major champion limped out of her first-round match at last year’s Wimbledon in tears due to a leg injury.
The 40-year-old, who has won seven Wimbledon singles titles, has taken a singles wildcard for the grasscourt major — the main draw of which starts on Monday.
Krunic and Linette will contest their first WTA doubles final as a team. It will be Krunic’s 10th doubles final overall, and Linette’s fifth. Krunic already owns five WTA doubles titles, while Linette won her first in Charleston this year alongside Andreja Klepac.