So far so good for former world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion, maintained her comeback on the Hologic WTA Tour as she and Ons Jabeur cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 quarter-final victory final against Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching. in the Rothesay International doubles chart.

Playing in her first tour event since suffering an injury at Wimbledon last year, the 40-year-old superstar has found a winning combination with world number 3 singles Jabeur as they advance to the semis -finals of their first duet event.

After a slender first-round win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo, Williams and Jabeur had it easier in the quarterfinals, knocking out doubles world No. 10 Aoyama and No. 49 Chan in just 65 minutes.

Williams and Jabeur will then face 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 quarter-final clash.

Ostapenko moving forward after Keys retirement

In evening singles, defending champion and No. 8 seed Jelena Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals after No. 11 seed Madison Keys withdrew from their match with a back injury. abdomen. Ostapenko had won the first set 6-3 when Keys stopped the game due to illness.

American Keys, who won their first career singles title at Eastbourne in 2014, had beaten Ostapenko in their previous two encounters. But Keys couldn’t maintain her unbeaten streak against the Latvian as she was defeated by injury despite being treated at 5-2.

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

Ostapenko won his only previous professional-level meeting with Kalinina in the St. Petersburg qualifying rounds in 2015. Ostapenko also beat Kalinina en route to her junior singles title at Wimbledon in 2014.

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