Serena Williams’ comeback tournament in Eastbourne is over after double partner Ons Jabeur retired with a knee injury.
The duo were to meet Magda Linette and Aleksandra Krunic in the semifinals, but the two have now advanced to the final after Jabeur’s retirement.
The tournament was Williams’ first action in almost a year. Her most recent match before Eastbourne was in the first round at Wimbledon in 2021, where she sustained a hamstring injury. She then withdrew from the US Open and Australian Open due to her health and was absent from the French Open.
But Williams, 40, is back in the draw for Wimbledon this time as she looks to secure her 24th single Grand Slam title.
Williams and Jabeur had impressed in Eastbourne in their partnership called “OnsRena” when they defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 in the first round before sending Shuko Aoyama and Hao-Ching Chan ind. second round 6-2, 6-4.
The duo will hope to take up the fight for the women’s title at Wimbledon, where the tournament starts on Monday.