Monday, 20 June 2022 19:19

Ons Jabeur hails chance to pair up with Serena Williams.

Staff Reporter.

Ons Jabeur said on Monday she "cannot wait" to team up with Serena Williams as the American star prepares to return to tennis at the Eastbourne International after nearly a year away.

Williams, a 23-year-time Grand Slam singles champion, was last week handed a singles wildcard entry to Wimbledon, which starts next Monday.

The 40-year-old has not played since suffering an injury during her first-round match at Wimbledon 12 months ago, plummeting to 1 204th in the world rankings.

The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is set to step up preparations for the All England Club by playing doubles in the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne, but her scheduled practice session on Monday was cancelled.

Tunisia's Jabeur and Williams are expected to begin their doubles campaign on Tuesday against Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova.

"I'm a good secret keeper," said new world No 3 Jabeur, fresh from winning on grass in Berlin on Sunday. "Yes, I've known before the French Open.

"Many players were jealous because I'm playing with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and always will be.

"The fact that she returned and I get to be part of her journey, it's really unbelievable."

Jabeur was due to play singles at Eastbourne but after her exploits in Germany she will now only be involved in the doubles.