The grass court season continues to go well for Beatriz Haddad Maia, who advanced to the semifinals at Eastbourne on Thursday after Lesia Tsurenko withdrew with a right elbow injury.
Haddad Maia is seeking her third straight grass court title ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on Monday. She recently won at Nottingham and Birmingham — both grass court contests. Prior to this grass season, Haddad Maia hadn’t won a single WTA title.
She’ll face Petra Kvitova on Friday, who took down Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-4 at center court. Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but Haddad Maia Kvitova last week in Birmingham, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Friday’s semifinal will be Kvitova’s first of the year and first since Ostrava in 2021.
Elsewhere, defending champion Jelena Ostapenko and Camila Giorgi will face off after advancing off of straight-set wins in the quarterfinals.
“I think today was a much better match. I felt like I was hitting the ball well,” said Ostapenko, who hasn’t lost a set so far in Eastbourne. “It’s great to be here. This atmosphere here is amazing and the energy is good, so I’m feeling good.”
At Bad Homburg, Bianca Andreescu is into her first semifinal since coming back from her break. Andreescu knocked out the top seed Daria Kasatkina in a resounding 6-4, 6-1 win. It’s her first grass-court semifinal.
Her last semifinal came in 2021 at the Miami Open, where she finished as runner-up after retiring with an ankle injury against Ash Barty.
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She’ll face Simona Halep who also advanced after dispatching Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-1 while throwing down 10 aces and converting on three break points. The other semifinal will be an all-French affair, with Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia each advancing past Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki, respectively.