Serena Williams’ return to tennis in Eastbourne has been cut short after doubles associate Ons Jabeur withdrew from the event due to a knee damage.
The 40-year-old Williams has performed her first two aggressive matches on the Wimbledon lead up occasion since limping out of Wimbledon in tears final summer time with a hamstring downside.
Williams and Tunisian Jabeur made it via to the semi-finals with a slim victory over Maria Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo after which a extra convincing one towards Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching.
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However the American will now flip her consideration to a a lot better take a look at on the All England Membership subsequent week, the place she has taken a wild card into the ladies’s singles as she continues her pursuit of a record-equalling twenty fourth grand slam title.
Talking after Wednesday’s match, Williams mentioned: “I feel good. As good as one can feel after having such a long time off.
“It was truly good match play and match observe, which is precisely what I wanted and what I needed to do coming right here, so I could not have requested for extra.”
Williams, who is unseeded at Wimbledon, will find out who she faces in the first round when the draw is made on Friday morning.
In the Eastbourne women’s singles, Beatriz Haddad Maia stayed on course for a third grass-court title in three weeks by ending the hopes of British wildcard Jodie Burrage 6-1 6-2 in the second round.
Jelena Ostapenko continued the defence of her title by also advancing to the quarter-finals after Madison Keys retired, having lost the first set 6-3.
Other players into the last eight were two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi.
Meanwhile in the Bad Homburg tournament, champion Angelique Kerber maintained her perfect record to reach the quarter-finals with a win over Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti.
The 2018 Wimbledon champion won 6-2 6-3 and is still unbeaten in the second edition of the tournament, with seven wins.
On Thursday, she will meet Alize Cornet from France in the quarter-finals.
Canada’s former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will meet top seed Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals after a 6-4 6-4 win over Briton Katie Swan.
Fourth seed Simona Halep additionally made the final eight with 6-0 6-3 victory over Tamara Zidansek and can meet Amanda Anisimova, who beat Ann Li 6-0 6-2.