After Serena Williams’ doubles partner Ons Jabeur withdrew from the competition due to a knee ailment, Serena Williams‘ return to tennis in Eastbourne was cut short. Since leaving Wimbledon in tears last summer due to a hamstring injury, Williams has played her first two competitive matches at the Rothesay International. Williams and Tunisian Jabeur advanced to the semi-finals with victories over Shuko Aoyama, Chan Hao-ching, Maria Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo, respectively.
Nevertheless, the pair appeared to have developed a solid friendship throughout their time spent competing together, and this was again apparent when they reunited at the Wimbledon practice. Ons Jabeur arrived in front of Serena Williams while fastening her shoelaces. They conversed, and the reunion appeared to go well because they were both laughing hysterically.
Serena Williams and Ons Jabeur handed a tricky draw at Wimbledon
The draw for Serena Williams’ Wimbledon contest has been made, and while it initially seems good, it gets tougher as the competition heats up. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will begin her singles court comeback against unseeded Frenchwoman Harmony Tan in the first round. After that, the 40-year-old might lock horns with the 32nd-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo or the American Christina McHale, followed by the World No.6 Karolina Pliskova.
After that, things look especially daunting with Americans Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova potentially looming in the round of 16 followed by 2019 champion Simona Halep or world No. 4 Paula Badosa in the quarters; World No. 1 Iga Swiatek — she of the 35-match winning streak — in the semis; and world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in the final.
Meanwhile, Williams’ doubles partner Ons Jabeur has been handed a tough draw as well. The Tunisian, who won the Berlina Open last week, faces qualifier Mirjam Björklund from Sweden in the first round with 15th seed and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber the projected fourth-round opponent and in the quarterfinals, she stands a high chance of playing the 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu.