Haddad Maia eyeing 3rd title in a row

Beatriz Haddad Maia has been specified a aiding hand in her bid for a third straight grass-court title in advance of Wimbledon.

The Brazilian advanced to the semi-finals at Eastbourne without hitting a ball on Thursday after her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, withdrew because of a correct elbow injuries.

Hadded Maia will be clean when experiencing Petra Kvitova in the past four on Friday as she appears to adhere to up title wins in Nottingham and Birmingham about the earlier two months.

She hadn’t gained a WTA title before this short grass-court time that is going much better than she could ever have imagined.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, finished the hopes of British wildcard Harriet Dart in a 6-3, 6-4 victory on centre court.

The other semifinal match will be concerning defending winner Jelena Ostapenko and 12th-seeded Camila Giorgi, who also had straight-set wins.

Significantly of the scrutiny at Eastbourne this week has been on the women’s doubles, in which Serena Williams was competing in her comeback from a 12 months absent from tennis.

Having said that, Williams and Ons Jabeur withdrew from the event on Thursday due to the fact of a ideal knee personal injury sustained by Jabeur.

Meanwhile, in the WTA grass-court docket party at Negative Homburg in Germany, Bianca Andreescu arrived at her very first semi-remaining in more than a calendar year, and initially on grass, with a 6-4 6-1 earn more than best-seeded Daria Kasatkina.

The former US Open up winner broke Kasatkina’s serve five situations in a dominant exhibiting.

It is the closest Andreescu has appear to a title since she took time off to recharge and get the job done on her mental well being, lacking the Australian Open just before returning to the tour in April.

The Canadian’s previous title gain was her breakout US Open up victory in 2019, and her final ultimate was in Miami in April 2021.

During that time, Andreescu has produced her interests absent from the court, producing tunes and crafting a children’s e book encouraged by her childhood on the tennis courtroom.

The 22-calendar year-old Andreescu will future play Simona Halep, whose quickfire 6-2 6-1 get around Amanda Anisimova puts her in back again-to-again semi-finals just after achieving the final 4 in Birmingham final week.

But defending champion Angelique Kerber misplaced for the very first time in Undesirable Homburg as Alize Cornet conquer her 6-4 2-6 6-1.

Cornet’s semifinal opponent is her fellow Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who conquer Sabine Lisicki 6-3 7-6 (9-7).

Lisicki was in her first tour-stage quarter-last due to the fact 2018 soon after years of having difficulties with knee accidents.

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