Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked third in the world, was forced to withdraw from the Eastbourne tennis tournament alongside veteran American Serena Williams in doubles on Thursday due to a knee injury.
The organizers said in a statement that the duo “Jaber-Williams withdrew from the semi-final match due to an injury to Anas Jaber’s right knee.”
Serena, 40, has returned to competition at Eastbourne after a year-long absence as she withdrew from the first round of Wimbledon last year with an injury and chose to play Jaber in the doubles event and reached the semi-finals after winning her first two matches.
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However, the American’s career will stop there as she competes in Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament, in her first singles match since the world’s No. Friday.
As for Jaber, she hopes to be ready for the tournament starting next Monday and be one of the brightest title contenders, in tandem with the levels she represents this season, after winning in Madrid. tournament title and second place in Rome, both in 1,000 sessions on clay and in winning the title in Berlin on grass this week.
Serena crowned her comeback on Tuesday with a win alongside Jaber over Czech Marie Bozkova and Spain’s Sara Soribis Tormo, before defeating Japan’s Shoko Oyama and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-cheng in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, to play in the semi-finals against Poland’s Magda Linnet and the Serbs of Alexandra Krunic.