Eastbourne: Serena Williams return cut short

Serena Williams return was cut short due to injury to Ons Jabeur

Serena Williams return was cut short due to injury to Ons Jabeur

Serena Williams return to the pro tour was cut short as an injury to doubles partner Ons Jabeur ended their Eastbourne campaign.

The team, nicknamed Onsrena, withdrew from their Rothesay International semifinal against Aleksandra Krunic and Magda Linette due to a right knee injury to Jabeur.

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Jabeur and Williams had thrilled the crowd with two victories in their first event together.

They saved a match point in the first round against Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo before dispatching Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-Ching in straight sets.

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These matches marked the first time Williams played competitively since last year’s Wimbledon, where was forced to retire with an injury just six games into her first round match.

Williams has also been granted a wild-card for this year’s Wimbledon as her rankings has dropped below 1000.

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“I feel good, as good as one can feel after having such a long time off,” the 40-year-old had said after Wednesday’s match.

“I was telling Ons, this was a really good match and the second set in particular, they played really well, but we were able to just play different circumstances.

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“It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and what I wanted to do coming here, so I couldn’t have asked for more.”