Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimbledon champion, finds her feet on the grass. Seeded No.14 at the Rothesay International Eastbourne, Kvitova reached her third quarter-final of the season with a 5-7, 6-0, 7-5 victory on Wednesday over local British favorite Katie Boulter.
Kvitova last reached a tour-level quarter-final in Miami, when she lost to eventual champion Iga Swiatek in Miami. It is also his eighth career quarter-final on grass.
For the third time this year, Kvitova came out of a set down to win; she lost five straight to make the first set 5-2 up, failing to convert two set points. A 33-minute bagel after an hour-long opener put Kvitova back on track, and neither woman gave up serve in the final set until the final game of the match.
Boulter saved the only break point for either player in the decider before that point when she held serve for 2-2. Kvitova was down just six points in six service games in the third set, and she credited improved serve with helping her win in 2 hours and 23 minutes.
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“I started strong in the second and kept serving, very consistent,” Kvitova said. “That was the key today.”
Haddad Maia wins 12th straight win, reborn Tsurenko awaits
Make a dozen pair for Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Nottingham and Birmingham champion extended her grass-court winning streak to 12 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over British wild card Jodie Burrage to set up a quarter-final encounter against the former Top 30 player Lesia Tsurenko.
Haddad Maia found fewer problems in 70 minutes against Burrage that No. 1 seed Paula Badosa had in round 2; Burrage also beat former Top 15 player Petra Martic in the first round.
Former world No.23 Lesia Tsurenko stands between Haddad Maia and her 13th consecutive win. The 33-year-old Ukrainian, who qualified this week, picked up her fifth win with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 comeback against Poland’s Magda Linette. Linette served for the match in the final set at 5-4.
This is Tsurenko’s first quarter-final at the WTA 500 level or higher since being runner-up to Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane in 2019.
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Double dart to reach the quarter-finals
After the Burrage loss, however, home hopes were buoyed by Harriet Dart, who technically won two games to reach the quarter-finals. Dart and No.10 seed Jil Teichmann split sets on Tuesday before their second-round match was halted due to obscurity, and the Briton came back from a breakdown in the final set replay to close out the 7-6 (7), 4-6, Win 6-3.
Dart later defeated Marta Kostyuk, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, to reach her second career quarterfinal. His first arrived just two weeks ago in Nottingham. She will next face Kvitova.
Dart had three wins at the end of the day, as she and Heather Watson were 7-5, 6-4 winners over Americans Desirae Krawczyk and Shelby Rogers in the first round of the doubles.