Serena, Jabeur reach Eastbourne doubles semis; Ostapenko advances

So far, so good for former World No.1 Serena Williams.

23-time Grand Slam singles champion and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Williams kept her return to the Hologic WTA Tour rolling as she and Ons Jabeur teamed for a 6-2, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching in the Rothesay International doubles draw.

Playing in her first event on tour since suffering an injury at last year’s Wimbledon, the 40-year-old superstar has found a winning combination with singles World No.3 Ons Jabeur, as they move into the semifinals in their first event together.

After a whisker-thin first round win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo, Williams and Jabeur had an easier time in the quarterfinals, knocking off Doubles World No.10 Aoyama and No.49 Chan in just 65 minutes.

Williams and Jabeur will next take on Aleksandra Krunic and Magda Linette in the semifinals. Unseeded Krunic and Linette took just 57 minutes to upset No.2 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos 6-1, 6-3 in their quarterfinal clash.

Ostapenko moves forward after Keys retires

In evening singles play, defending champion and No.8 seed Jelena Ostapenko reached the quarterfinals after No.11 seed Madison Keys retired from their match due to an abdominal injury. Ostapenko had taken the first set 6-3 when Keys stopped the encounter due to her ailment.

American Keys, who won her first career singles title in Eastbourne in 2014, had beaten Ostapenko in their two previous meetings. But Keys could not keep her undefeated streak against the Latvian as she was undone by her injury despite receiving treatment at 5-2.

Ostapenko will next face Anhelina Kalinina for a spot in the semifinals. Kalinina took out No.16 seed Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in just under two hours on Wednesday evening.

Ostapenko won her lone previous tour-level meeting with Kalinina in the qualifying rounds of St. Petersburg back in 2015. Ostapenko also defeated Kalinina en route to her Junior Wimbledon singles title in 2014.

More to come…

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