Beatriz Haddad Maiya was given a helping hand in her bid for a third consecutive grass-court title before Wimbledon.
The Brazilian reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne on Thursday without hitting a ball after his opponent, Lecia Tsurenko, withdrew with a right elbow injury.
Haddad Maiya will rejuvenate when she faces Petra Kvitova in the last four on Friday as she looks to clinch titles in Nottingham and Birmingham over the past two weeks. She hadn’t won a WTA title before this short grass-court season she never imagined.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova dashed hopes of British wild card Harriet Dart’s 6-3, 6-4 victory on center court.
The second semi-final match will be between defending champion Jelena Ostapenko and 12th seed Camila Georgi, who won in straight sets.
In the men’s event, British wild card Jack Draper defeated compatriot Ryan Penniston 6–3, 6–3 to reach his first ATP semi-final. Maxim Cressey of the United States ensured that there would not be another All-British match in the semi-finals, but eliminated top seed Cameron Norie, 7–5, 7–5.
This left third-seeded Taylor Fritz as the highest-ranked player left in the draw, and he defeated Alexander Bublik 6–3, 6–2 to become the second American to advance to the quarterfinals.
Fritz will next play champion Alex de Minaur, who defeated Tommy Paul 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Most of the scrutiny at Eastbourne this week has been on the women’s doubles, with Serena Williams competing in her return a year away from tennis.
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However, Williams and Ons Jabeur withdrew from the tournament on Thursday because Jabeur suffered an injury to his right knee, the WTA said. After winning two matches on the south coast of England, she was to play Magda Lynette and Alexandra Krunic in the semi-finals.
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