World No. 4 Ons Jabeur and former World No. 1 Serena Williams will soon be battling on the same team as the pair have signed up for the Doubles event at the 2022 Eastbourne International that started this week on Monday, 20th June. Serena will return to Professional tennis for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon and the news of the 23-time Grand Slam winner returning has brought a wave of excitement to tennis fans.
Jabeur, however, is on another level of happiness as she gets to play with one of her idols given Serena’s dominance throughout her career which is nearing 3 decades now. Jabeur also spoke about the current dominance of World No. 1 Iga Swiatek who is on a 35-match unbeaten streak having claimed 6 titles in that duration and also broke Serena’s personal record of 34 consecutive wins.
“I hope I can learn even 2% from it”: Ons Jabeur on teaming up with Serena Williams
With Jabeur also being a victim of Swiatek’s dominant run as the Pole defeated her in the finals of the 2022 Italian Open, the Tunisian hopes that Serena and Iga are drawn in the same part as Serena’s low ranking and wildcard entry can make it possible that she takes on Iga very early.
“I hope she [draws] Iga. At least someone should stop Iga a little bit. Many players were jealous because I’m playing with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and always will be. And the fact that she returned and I get to be part of her journey, it’s really unbelievable. She did a lot for our sport and I really respect her, respect her story, respect everything that she’s been through.
“I hope I can learn even 2% from it. Now I’m joking with other doubles players, I was like, ‘If you have less than 20 Grand Slams, don’t even ask me to play doubles with you anymore,” said Jabeur speaking at the media day in Eastbourne.
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