Serena Williams may yet win a title on her comeback schedule.
The American star defeated Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching 6-2, 6-4 to reach the women’s doubles semi-finals in Eastbourne on Wednesday.
And, before next week’s play in singles at Wimbledon, there were signs the 40-year-old Williams was regaining some sharpness after almost a year.
Like back-to-back pick-up shots from his toes in the first set. Like three straight aces at break point in the second game of the second set.
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In fact, Williams’ serve, the biggest women’s game ever, was increasingly impressive under the pump, and it was the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion who served the match.
The five break points he faced, sent four aces and one non-refundable serve.
Overall, her performance was more polished than Tuesday, when Williams and Jabeur needed to win a tiebreaker to advance to the grass-court tournament on England’s south coast. He got off to a brisk start against Aoyama and Chan and won the first set in 25 minutes.
Williams was keen to deflect attention from any praise of her partner.
“I think we played a lot better together today,” she said, “though I think we played a lot better together yesterday as well.
“But the Ones really helped me today. She was playing great. I was just looking at her like, “Wow, that’s great.”
Jabeur still appears star-struck with Williams.
“I’m getting used to it, really,” laughed the Tunisian player.
Then, he turned to Williams and said: “Do you want to play the US Open?”
Therefore, Williams’ competitive preparation for Wimbledon would require at least one more match. In the semi-finals, Williams and Jabur will face Magda Lynette and Alexandra Krunic, who defeated the second seeded pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos 6-1, 6-3.
“I didn’t know we were in the semi-finals, it’s super-fast,” Jaboor said, “but it’s great for us.”
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In women’s singles, Beatriz Haddad Maia looked on course for a third grass-court title in three weeks, ending British wild card pair Burj’s 6-1, 6-2 hopes in the second round. The Brazilian player is making a comeback after winning the Nottingham Open and Birmingham Classic.
Jelena Ostapenko continued her title defense, advancing to the quarterfinals after retiring after a 6–3 loss in the first set to her rival Madison Keys. The other players in the last eight were two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi.
In the men’s event, defending champion Alex de Minaur defeated Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(3), 6-2 and went down to second seed Jannik Sinner 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Tommy Paul. faced.
Fourth seed Diego Schwartzman was another big name, having fallen after a 7-5, 7-6(3) loss to Jack Draper of a large serving Britain.
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