Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko will be the next player to try and thwart Beatriz Haddad Maia’s grass-court winning streak when the pair play in the semi-finals at Rothesay International Eastbourne on Friday.
In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Ostapenko cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Anhelina Kalinina and Haddad Maia advanced when Kalinina’s compatriot Lesia Tsurenko pulled out of their scheduled match due to injury at the right elbow. The Brazilian’s unbeaten streak remains at 12.
Match management: Although Kalinina’s last line of stats was pretty clean with 18 winners after 13 unforced errors, Ostapenko’s power on the ground proved too much for her to handle. Ostapenko hit an impressive 32 winners for just 13 unforced errors in the victory, as well as eight aces.
Despite not dropping a set in her title defense so far, Ostapenko said her 69-minute win over Kalinina was her best performance of the week. After losing the first two games of the match, Ostapenko won 11 of the next 13 en route to victory.
Winner’s words: “I think today was a much better game. I felt like I was hitting the ball well,” she said. “It’s great to be here. The atmosphere here is amazing and the energy is good, so I feel good.”
Ostapenko will next face Italy’s Camila Giorgi while two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will be the next player to test Haddad Maia’s invincibility. Kvitova was Haddad Maia’s sixth straight win, beating them 7-6(4), 6-2 in the first round in Birmingham last week.
The Brazilian currently boasts the longest grass-court winning streak on the Hologic WTA Tour since Serena Williams won 20 straight matches on the surface between Wimbledon in 2015 and 2018.
Kvitova and Giorgi advance to Eastbourne semi-finals
Future prospects: Ostapenko is trying to reach his second singles final of the season after triumphing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February. The eighth-seeded Latvian is the highest seed among the four semi-finalists.
She also qualified for the semi-finals in doubles alongside Lyudmyla Kichenok; they are in contention for a second successive title after winning in Birmingham last week, and Ostapenko is actually looking to join Haddad Maia (Nottingham) as players to sweep the singles and doubles titles at a grass-court event this summer.