No. 12 seed Camila Giorgi knocked out the last remaining Top 10 player at Rothesay International in the third round, beating No. 5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 53 minutes after a failure in both sets.

The result puts Giorgi in her third career Eastbourne quarter-final, having reached the last eight here in 2014 and then the semi-finals in 2021. The Italian also lands back-to-back quarter-finals on grass in 2022, after her last eight courses in Birmingham last week.

Giorgi’s victory is his 15th career Top 10 victory, and the second of 2022 after upsetting Aryna Sabalenka in the third round of Roland Garros. She improves her head-to-head against Muguruza to 3-2, posting a victory over the former world No. 1 for the first time since the quarter-finals in New Haven in 2014.

Giorgi will next face lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova, who defeated qualifier Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in exactly 2 hours of play. Tomova had lost to Flipkens 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final round of qualifying but found themselves in the tie following the withdrawal of No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur. The No. 128-ranked Bulgarian came out of a set and a breakdown to get revenge and reach her first WTA 500 quarter-final.

Match management: Giorgi took a while to find his rhythm, especially on serve. Of the world No. 26’s seven double faults, five occurred in her first four service games. A straight pair cleared the way for Muguruza to break for 2-1, and another pair gave the Spaniard a point for the double break at 4-2.

But Giorgi upped the ante with a series of quick forehands to get out of this game, and leveled it at 4-4 when Muguruza contributed a double fault from his own break point. At the climax of the set, Giorgi launched a winning streak to smash Muguruza again in the final match.

Former Wimbledon champion Muguruza took another 3-1 lead in the second set but once again couldn’t maintain her form. His own double fault tally rose to six as Giorgi fought back with a five-game run to seal the win.

Back-to-back dead net cords enlivened the final match, with the first going Muguruza’s way and bringing a break point, only to be denied by a second in favor of Giorgi.

Giorgi finished with 30 winners for 33 unforced errors, while Muguruza only found 10 winners for 26 unforced errors.