Serena Williams qualified for the semi-finals of the Eastbourne grass doubles tournament on Wednesday, with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, beating Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching in straight sets 6-2, 6- 4.
In the aftermath of his return to competition after a year off, Williams already seemed to be improving, especially in his net and serve reflexes.
Her understanding with her partner, with whom she had never played before this tournament, was also better, despite numerous unforced errors on both sides. “We played much better together today, even though we had already played well yesterday (Tuesday). But Ons really supported me today. I look at it and I was like wow, that’s greatWilliams commented after the game. “I didn’t even know we were already in the semi-finals, it’s going super fast, but it’s great for us», rejoiced Jabeur.
Unlike the first round, there was no ignition delay for the American-Tunisian pair who easily won the first set 6-2. The second was tighter, Williams erasing a break point with an ace in the 6th game, before Jabeur saved one, two games later, on his commitment. They finally managed to seize the serve of their opponents at 4-4 and Williams finished the game with a service winner and a shutout in 1:05 minutes.
In the semi-finals, Williams and Jabeur will face Poland’s Magda Linette and Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic.