Serena Williams’ comeback tournament in Eastbourne ended Thursday after doubles partner Ons Jabeur withdrew from the doubles semifinals due to a knee injury. Jabber slipped awkwardly in the first round and touched his right knee a bit, but didn’t seem to be disturbed by subsequent injuries. It is hoped that Jabber’s retirement will only be a precautionary measure at Wimbledon next week.
Jabber, who won the second-largest title in her career in Berlin last week, is one of the tournament favorites in a women’s draw. Next week, she will rise to No. 2 in the top single rankings for her new career and become the highest ranked African single player in history.
The early end of the run in Eastbourne was not bad news for Williams. Williams was pleased with his performance after only competing for match practice after a year of layoffs. Williams returned to London for the first time since he was forced to retire from last year’s tournament, training at Wimbledon’s practice ground on Thursday night and not wasting his time after leaving.
Later that day, 20-year-old Jack Draper broke new ground at the top level, beating fellow Briton Ryan Peniston 6-3, 6-3 to reach the first ATP semi-final. Eastbourne.
On Wednesday, Draper overwhelmed Diego Schwartzman and won his second Top 20 victory in his career. With his recent victory, Draper will rise to at least 94th place in his career. He will face Maxime Cressy of the United States in the first ATP Finals. Cressy overtook Cameron Norrie, England’s Nos. 1, 7-5 and 7-5.
Peniston advanced to the second ATP quarterfinal in the second tournament, finishing Pedro Martinez 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-3 in a match postponed from Wednesday, and the start of the day was good. did. By the draper.
Harriet Dart’s first participation in the WTA 500 quarterfinals ended at the hands of Petra Kvitova. Petra Kvitova defeated her 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first semi-final of the year. After a fierce season, her two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova gave herself the opportunity to find some form that would make her a dangerous outlook at her favorite event.
Emma Raducanu will play a draw at Wimbledon on Friday and will continue to recover from side injuries. She has recently been training in Wimbledon and her injuries are observed daily, but her team wants her to compete.
Given that Williams and many other players slipped down into the lush grass in the first round of last year’s tournament, resulting in multiple injuries, Wimbledon broke tradition this year and players top-court. You can now train at. Break the grass.
Traditionally, Wimbledon allowed only four female members of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to easily play on the Center Court before the first day. But on Thursday, Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini opened a showpiece court in a 45-minute training session, followed by Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic. This year’s French Open runner-up Coco Gauff was trained at Court One.