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TENNIS

Eastbourne Tennis: Williams Makes Winning Return After Year Out

Serena Williams made a winning return to action at the Eastbourne International as she and partner Ons Jabeur came from a set down to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in the women's doubles.

The former world number one had not played competitive tennis since limping out of last year's first-round match at Wimbledon -- where she has won seven of her 23 grand slam singles titles -- in tears due to a leg injury.


Earlier, British Wildcard Ryan Peniston defeated eighth seed Holger Rune in the first round match.

Ranked 147th in the world, Peniston came from a set down at Eastbourne to beat rune.

In the second round he will face Pedro Martinez of Spain after he advanced over his compatriot, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who retired from their match at 1-1 after the second set with a hand injury.