Serena Williams will have to settle for a couple of doubles matches as a pre-Wimbledon shoot.

Ons Jabeur, Williams’ doubles partner, suffered a right knee injury and had to withdraw from the Eastbourne tournament, the WTA said on Thursday.

Jabeur and Williams had been due to face Magda Linette and Aleksandra Krunic in the semi-finals after scoring two wins in the grass-court tournament on the south coast of England.

Williams reappeared this week on the courts after a year away from competitive tennis.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has received an invite to the singles draw at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

Jabeur is number three in the ranking. The severity of the Tunisian’s illness was not immediately reported.


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