Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from the Rothesay International at Eastbourne due to an injury to her doubles partner Ons Jabeur.
Williams was playing in her first tournament in 12 months but will now focus on her Wimbledon preparations after being wildcarded into the singles draw.
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But the pair, nicknamed ‘Onserena’ after forging an entertaining partnership, will be absent this week after Jabeur picked up a knee injury in the second-round win.
23-time Grand Slam champion Williams will return in singles in the first round at the All England Club next week in what will be her first game in almost a year since she injured her hamstring at last year’s tournament.
“I feel good,” said the 40-year-old after back-to-back games. “You can feel so good after such a long break. I said Ons. It was a really good match and especially the second set, they played really well but we could just play different circumstances.
“It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and what I wanted to do to get here, so I couldn’t have asked for more.”
The team of Magda Linette and Aleksandra Krunic advances to the final on Saturday.