SERENA Williams’ return to tennis has been cut short after her doubles partner suffered a knee injury.

Ons Jabeur was forced to withdraw from the Rothesay International in Eastbourne, bringing an end to the pair’s successful run at the competition.

They had been due to take part in the semi-finals after winning two consecutive matches at Devonshire Park, but Williams will now concentrate her attention to Wimbledon as she continues her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

Williams had been on an almost year-long hiatus from tennis after limping out of the All England Club in tears last summer with a hamstring injury.

Speaking after yesterday’s match in Eastbourne, Williams said: “I feel good. As good as one can feel after having such a long time off.

“It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and what I wanted to do coming here, so I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Williams, who is unseeded at Wimbledon, will find out who she faces in the first round when the draw is made on Friday morning.