Thursday was the day of fierce fighting at the WTA 250 Championships in Birmingham. Ukrainian tennis player Dagana Gastremska got rid of Latvian seed Jelena Ostapenko.

Łukasz Iwanek

Diane Jastremska

Getty Images/Steven Pond/Pictured: Dajana Gastremska

The 40th edition of the WTA Championships takes place in Birmingham. Thursday’s matches provided great emotion. Yelena Ostapenko (WTA 16) was eliminated, losing 6:3, 5:7, 5:7 with Dagana Gastremska (WTA 79). In the third set, the Latvian lost the lead 3:1 (it had a break point at 4:1).

In the match, which lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes, Jastremska sent 14 aces. She scored 44 of 56 points with her first pass. The Ukrainian woman was broken four times, and she herself used five out of eight points. Ostapenko (101-100) won one point more. It was the first meeting of these tennis players.

The other contender for Jastremska will be Shuai Zhang (WTA 54), who won 6:2, 2:6, 7:5 Elena-Gabriela Ruse (WTA 55) after 1 hour 58 minutes. In the third set, the Chinese returned 1:3. Both tennis players had 10 break points. Zhang hit five times and scored six breaks. Ross served 12 aces but also committed 17 double faults. The Chinese women reached their second quarter-final spot this year on grass, after Nottingham.

Camila Giorgi (WTA 26) beat Lauren Davis 3-6 7-5 6-2 (WTA 108). In the match, which lasted two hours and 24 minutes, the Italian sent 11 aces (1-12). I made 13 double faults, and the American made nine. Giorgi saved nine out of 13 break points and took advantage of five of the nine breakout opportunities.

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The Italian has advanced to the quarter-finals since October last year (Tenerife). She has not met her next competitor yet. It will be Magdalena Froche or Beatrice Haddad, the Brazilian Maya.

Rothsay Classic Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
WTA 250, grass field, total prize money of 251.7 thousand. dollar
Thursday 16 June

Second round of singles:

Camila Giorgi (Italy, 3) beats Lauren Davis (US) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Shuai Zhang (China, 8) beat Elena Gabriella Ros (Romania) 6-2-2-6-7-5.
Dagana Gastremska (Ukraine) – Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia, 1) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

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