Ons Jabeur mentioned Monday she “can not wait” to workforce up with Serena Williams because the American star prepares to return to tennis on the Eastbourne Worldwide after practically a 12 months away. Williams, a 23-year-time Grand Slam singles champion, was final week handed a singles wildcard entry to Wimbledon, which begins subsequent Monday. The 40-year-old has not performed since struggling an damage throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon 12 months in the past, plummeting to 1,204th on this planet rankings.
The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is about to step up preparations for the All England Membership by taking part in doubles within the grass-court event at Eastbourne, however her scheduled follow session on Monday was cancelled.
Tunisia’s Jabeur and Williams are anticipated to start their doubles marketing campaign on Tuesday towards Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova.
“I am a great secret keeper,” mentioned new world quantity three Jabeur, contemporary from successful on grass in Berlin on Sunday. “Sure, I’ve recognized earlier than the French Open.
“Many gamers have been jealous as a result of I am taking part in together with her. Actually, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and all the time might be.
“The truth that she returned and I get to be a part of her journey, it is actually unbelievable.”
Jabeur was attributable to play singles at Eastbourne however after her exploits in Germany she’s going to now solely be concerned within the doubles.
She mentioned she didn’t want a “second” to think about teaming up with the American.
“She’s such an inspiration and the truth that we’re taking part in doubles collectively, it is large information for me and it is unbelievable,” she mentioned.
“I actually by no means anticipated her to select me and even to play doubles after a very long time, however I really feel like I am going manner again and all of the recollections of watching her successful a variety of Grand Slams. I hope it isn’t going to make me too nervous, standing subsequent to her.”
Wimbledon is broadly thought of Williams’s greatest probability of claiming a twenty fourth Grand Slam singles crown to equal Margaret Court docket’s all-time file.
However final 12 months’s Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova warned the veteran that her time away from the court docket would make any hopes of a great run on the All England Membership robust.
“I feel will probably be tough, tremendous tough for her irrespective of which type of participant she is as a result of it is a factor the place you continue to want a while,” she mentioned.
“However after all, she is a tremendous participant, she achieved a lot and nonetheless plenty of gamers might be tremendous scared to play her. That is her benefit however let’s examine the extent. I can not actually say.”
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