Powerhouses Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi advanced to the Rothesay International semi-finals after both secured quarter-final victories in straight sets on Thursday at Eastbourne.

The No. 14 seed, Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon grass-court champion, beat Britain’s late Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour and 25 minutes of play.

Stellar Service: When they first met, Kvitova was a force to be reckoned with behind her delivery. The Czech, who won her two Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014, hit eight aces and was never beaten. Kvitova only faced one break point, in the very last game of the game.

The win gives Kvitova a much-needed boost for the 2022 season as she is back at .500 on the year (13-13). Kvitova is in her first semi-final on tour this season, with quarter-finals in Miami and Dubai her previous best results of the year.

Despite the loss, the week still marked another milestone for world No. 103 Dart, who picked up two wins on Wednesday to reach her first WTA 500 quarter-final. Dart made her first quarter-final at tour level. just two weeks ago in Nottingham.

Grass size: Making her seventh Eastbourne appearance, Kvitova is through to the Rothesay International semi-finals for only the second time in her career. She lost to Marion Bartoli in the 2011 Eastbourne final, just weeks before Kvitova claimed her major breakthrough at Wimbledon.

Kvitova is now in her eighth career semifinal on grass. Of the active players, only Serena Williams (13), Angelique Kerber (11, or 12 if she wins today in Bad Homburg) and Venus Williams (10) have more semi-finals on grass.

Kvitova is two wins away from her 29th career singles title. Four of those crowns have come on grass, with two Birmingham titles accompanying its two Wimbledon trophies.

Giorgi sweeps: Earlier, No.12 seed Giorgi of Italy won the first quarter-final of the day, beating lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1 in just over a half. hour.

World No. 128 Tomova entered the main draw after Ons Jabeur withdrew from singles play, and she made the most of it. The Bulgarian won back-to-back matches at tour level for the first time this year, reaching her first WTA 500 quarter-final by beating Kirsten Flipkens. Flipkens had beaten Tomova in qualifying a few days before.

But the Bulgarian’s run was quickly halted by world number 26 Giorgi, who dominated throughout their first encounter. Giorgi fired five aces, won 82% of the points after his first serve and claimed two-thirds of the points on Tomova’s second serve return.

With the win, Giorgi equaled his result in last year’s Eastbourne semi-final and is one win away from his maiden trip to the Rothesay International final. The Italian has three singles titles on her CV, and her first career title came on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2015.

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