Serena Williams 'couldn't ask for more', despite Eastbourne doubles run ending early

Serena Williams' return to tennis didn't last too long, but at no fault of her own, with doubles partner Ons Jabeur withdrawing through injury.

Following Serena Williams' dramatic return to tennis, all eyes were on the 40-year-old at Eastbourne this week, as she continues to prepare for Wimbledon.

But her doubles run alongside Ons Jabeur was cut short at the semi-finals, after the Tunisian pulled up with a knee injury.

Having not played profesionally since limping out of Wimbledon in tears last summer with a hamstring problem, Williams' run was crucial match preparation ahead of her SW19 return next week.

The American has taken a wild card into Wimbledon's singles, as she looks to achieve a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

And despite her preparation ending prematurely, Williams was delighted with the warm-up tournament.

"I feel good. As good as one can feel after having such a long time off.

"I was telling Ons, this was a really good match and the second set in particular, they played really well, but we were able to just play different circumstances.

"It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and what I wanted to do coming here, so I couldn't have asked for more."

With the Wimbledon draw taking place on Friday morning, Williams can now enjoy a short rest before finding out her first round opponent.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Britain's Cameron Norrie was denied a first Eastbourne semi-final after suffering a straight-set defeat to world number 60 Maxime Cressy.

Norrie was unable to join compatriots Ryan Peniston and Jack Draper in the final four, with his American opponent sealing a 7-5 7-5 upset.

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