‘I Called Her’ – Serena Williams on Pairing up With Ons Jabeur for a Riveting Play Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 06/22/2022, 12:23 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy in the ladies’ quarter final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Serena Williams made her much-awaited return to the tour at the Eastbourne International. And it was a triumphant return for her. She was playing doubles with the world no.3 Ons Jabeur in the round of 16 against the pair of Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzková.

Notably, this was Serena’s first match after getting injured in the first round of last year’s Wimbledon. After the match, the American tennis legend revealed her partnership and the first win with her partner, Jabeur.

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Serena Williams is victorious in her very first match since returning from injury

When asked about the partnership with Jabeur, Serena said, “I called her… She’s been playing so well and she’s always been so sweet to me on tour so I thought why not play some doubles together?”

Speaking about the match, the 23-time Grand Slam winner said, “We had a lot of fun. Our opponents played amazing! We were just trying to stay in there.”

Then the Tunisian player also chimed in with her thoughts as she said, “It was so much fun. I was little bit nervous, playing with such a legend. Even when I made mistakes on court she was supporting me.”

Later, the interviewer asked Serena whether they will play at Wimbledon together as well. Serena replied, “We’re taking this show on the road! No, no, we’re taking it one match at a time.”

Interestingly, the first set did not go according to plan for Williams and Jabeur as the Czech-Spanish pair completely outplayed them, winning 6-2. However, the American-Tunisian pair both made a splendid comeback in the second set to win it 6-3. Subsequently, the match had to be decided in a 10-point tie-break. After a hard-fought battle, Williams and Jabeur won the tie-break and the match, 13-11.

Jabeur does not know why Serena picked her

Before their match today, Jabeur revealed that Serena called her to play doubles with her when she was having dinner. She said, “I don’t know honestly why she picked me but I’m glad that she did. Maybe Venus had something to do with it, maybe she was watching a bit of tennis and she saw some North African girl playing good lately so maybe that kind of helped. I hope she was watching the Madrid final as well.”

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Apart from Iga Swiatek, Jabeur has been one of the most consistent players on the WTA tour this season.

In the next round, the American-Tunisian pair will play against Chan Hao-ching and Shuko Aoyama.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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