This Thursday, Jelena Ostapenko, defending champion, validated her ticket for the last four at Eastbourne. Just like Camila Giorgi, Petra Kvitova and Beatriz Haddad Maia.

She does not intend to let go of her title so easily. This Thursday, the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, 14th player in the world and seeded n ° 8, qualified for the semi-finals of the WTA 500 tournament in Eastbourne in Great Britain, on grass, after her victory against the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, 36th player in the world, in two sets (6-3, 6-2) and 1h10 of play. In the first round, however, it was the Latvian who lost her entry service, before trying three times to erase his handicap and pick up at 2-2. After two new break points saved in stride, Jelena Ostapenko managed to make a new break just after, at her second opportunity. At 5-2, the better ranked of the two almost did it again, which would then have offered her the set, on her opponent’s service, but she was unable to convert a single one of her four set points. It was only a postponement, since the 14th player in the world ended up concluding in stride (6-3).

Giorgi, Kvitova and Haddad Maia hold their rank

Finally, in the second and last set, at 1-1, the Ukrainian lost her next two services, not without having obtained a break point between these two breaks, but without success. With this double advantage in hand, the seeded n°8 saved a break point at 5-2, before winning the match, in the same game (6-2). Two other seeds held their rank. The Italian Camila Giorgi, 26th player in the world and seeded n ° 12, easily dismissed the Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova, 128th player in the world and lucky loser, in two sets (6-2, 6-1) and 1h05 of play. Qualification also for the Czech Petra Kvitova, 31st player in the world and seeded n°14, in two sets (6- 3, 6-4) and 1h26 of play, against the Briton Harriet Dart, 103rd player in the world and beneficiary of a wild card. For her part, the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, 29th player in the world and seeded n°15, took advantage of the withdrawal of the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, 114th player in the world and from the qualifications.