The Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and the Italian Camila Giorgi gave the surprise in Eastbourne on Thursday by eliminating the Russian Daria Kasatkina and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka to gain a foothold in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Ostapenko, who won his second straight match in three sets, beat Kasatkina, a finalist last week in Birmingham, for the third time in his career, 1-6, 7-5 and 6-2. The Latvian, winner of Roland Garros in 2017 will face Elena Rybakina in the semifinals, who beat the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (5).
The other surprise of the day was Giorgi, who despite losing his service seven times, beat Sabalenka, the tournament’s top seed, 7-6 (5), 0-6 and 6-4. The transalpina achieved victory number eleven against a ‘top ten’ in his career and look for a place in the Eastbourne final against Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian beat the Swiss Viktorija Golubic by 2-6, 7-6 (2) and 7-5.