Serena Williams’ Wimbledon tune-up suddenly ends after partner’s injury

Serena Williams’ tennis comeback at the Eastbourne International tournament

came to a screeching halt on Thursday after her doubles partner, 

 Ons Jabeur, departed the tournament with a right knee injury.

Eastbourne marks Williams’ first time back on the court in nearly a year.

The 40-year-old last played in the first round at Wimbledon in 2021,

Williams joined forces with Jabeur – who’s ranked No. 3 in the WTA – to get

a taste of the competition she’d gone without for considerable time.

Williams and Jabeur were rusty in their first match of the tournament

versus Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova, 

I feel good, as good as one can feel after having such a long time off,”

Williams said following her strong performance. “It was actually good match play and match practice,

With the rust now knocked off, Williams enters play in Wimbledon as an unranked wildcard, 

the first time she’s unseeded since her debut in 1998. However,