At the tournament in Birmingham, four players remained on the battlefield. Among them are two Romanians, Simona Halep and Sorana Kirstia. Brazilian Beatriz Maya continues the winning streak on turf.

Łukasz Iwanek

Simona Halep

Getty Images/Steven Pond/Pictured: Simona Halep

The quarter-final matches were held in Birmingham on Friday. Simona Halep (WTA 20), winning 6:4, 6:1 Katie Poulter (WTA 141), held her title chances. In 75 minutes, Romania defended three of the four break points and used five of the 10 breakthroughs.

The rally continues on the grass of Beatrice May Smith (WTA 32). On Friday, the Brazilian turned the match up for the first time against Magdalena Froche, who had been interrupted the day before due to darkness when Poland were leading 4:2 in the third set. In the evening, the tennis player from Sao Paulo beat Camila Giorgi 6: 3, 6: 2 (26 Tennis Federation). Haddad Maya from 0:3 and scored 12 of 14 consecutive games.

In the 84-minute match, the Brazilian broke five of his six break points and used five of his 10 break points. Her performance in Birmingham began with the elimination of Czech two-time champion Petra Kvitova. Haddad Maya has not lost in eight matches. Last week she won the title in Nottingham.

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Sorana Kirstia (WTA 36) won in 5:7, 6:3, 6:4 by Donna Vicki (WTA 92). In the first set, the Romanian squandered the lead 3: 0, and in the opening of the second set she handed a pass. In the end, she crushed her opponent’s resistance and is in the semi-finals. In the match that lasted two hours and 29 minutes, the two players sent five aces and committed 11 double faults. There were 11 achievements, six of which were won by Kerst.

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Shuai Zhang (WTA 54) won 7:5, 6:4 with Diana Jastremska (WTA 79). Within 76 minutes, the Ukrainian sent 11 aces and made seven double faults. The Chinese woman used four of the nine fracture points. On Saturday, she can advance to the final in Birmingham as the second Chinese singles after Na Li (2009 and 2010 title).

Halep Haddad will face Maya in the semi-finals. The previous two matches were held at the Grand Slam tournaments. Romania was on top at Wimbledon 2017 and the Australian Open 2022, both in the second round. Cirstea will play Zhang, who have a 2-1 record. In March this year in Miami, the Chinese women turned out to be much better (6:1, 6:1).

Rothsay Classic Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
WTA 250, grass field, total prize money of 251.7 thousand. dollar
Friday 17 June

Quarter-finals singles:

Simona Halep (Romania 2) beat Katie Poulter (UK) 6-4, 6-1
Sorana Cerstia (Romania, 6) beat Donna Vekic (Croa, s) 5:7, 6-3, 6-4
Shuai Zhang (China, 8) beat Dagana Gastremska (Ukraine) 7-5, 6-4
Beatrice Haddad Maya (Brazil) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy 3), 6-3, 6-2

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