World No. 3 Ons Jabeur reveals she thinks Venus Williams played a role in Serena Williams' decision to pick her as her doubles partner in Eastbourne. Last week, Serena Williams revealed her plans to compete at Wimbledon. Before Serena Williams heads to The All England Club, she will play doubles with Jabeur in Eastbourne.
Jabeur and Venus Williams have practiced together several times and have a solid relationship. “I usually speak with Venus more than Serena. I feel like there is a 50 percent chance that Venus had something to do with it,” Jabeur told Arab News.
Jabeur: It's a pleasure Serena Williams picked me
In the Eastbourne doubles first round, Jabeur and Serena Williams will face Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo. “It was great, you would say yes right away of course," Jabeur added.
"It’s a pleasure that she chose me, it’s unbelievable. I was having dinner with Ellen Perez (her occasional doubles partner), and I was like, ‘Ellen I’m not playing doubles with you anymore, it got serious now.
Now I’m not accepting to play doubles with anyone with less than 20 Grand Slams.’" Jabeur is having a strong 2022 season as recently she captured her maiden WTA1000 title in Madrid. This week, Jabeur rose to a career-high ranking of No.
3 in the world. “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,” Jabeur added. Jabeur kicked off her grass season last week in Berlin, where she captured the title. After a strong week in Berlin, Jabeur is certainly hoping to do well in Eastbourne. Jabeur pulled out of the Eastbourne singles event but is planning to compete with Williams in the doubles event.