Eastbourne International: Serena and Jabeur reach doubles semi-finals
Serena Williams and partner Ons Jabeur reached the Eastbourne International doubles semi-finals with a superb win over Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching. Serena, who is playing just her second match in 12 months, produced a strong serving performance. The duo prevailed 6-2, 6-4 win over Aoyama and Hao-ching. They will face Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic and Poland's Magda Linette in the semis. Here's more.
23-time women's singles Grand Slam winner Serena has been away from tennis for nearly a year. She last competed at 2021 Wimbledon, retiring in the first round. With this win, Serena now has a win-loss record of 192-34 in doubles. Her last appearance in doubles was alongside Caroline Wozniacki at the ASB Classic 2020 at Auckland. They lost in the final in straight sets.
"Ons held me up today, she was so good," the 40-year-old Williams said. "I think we played together much better today - although I thought we played really well yesterday," she added.
Jabeur, who has won two WTA singles titles this year, claimed her second win in doubles. She has a career win-loss record of 27-25 and is currently ranked 414. In 2022, she has a 2-2 win-loss record in doubles.