Petra Kvitova broke the winning streak of Brazilian Beatriz Haddad-May. In the WTA 500 final in Eastbourne, the Grand Slam champions will face off. The Czech Latvian tennis player Jelena Ostapenko will compete.

Łukasz Iwanek

Petra Kvitova

PAP / EPA / OMER MESSINGER / Pictured: Petra Kvitova

The semi-finals of the event were held in Eastbourne on Friday. Beatrice Haddad Maya (WTA 29) won 12 consecutive matches. I’ve been victorious in Nottingham and Birmingham on grass in the past weeks. She was stopped by Petra Kvitova (WTA 31), who succumbed to her 6:7 (5), 4:6. There was only one breakout in the entire match. Cesca won it in the first half of the second set.

In an hour and 57 minutes, Kvitova made one break point and used one of six breakout opportunities. She scored 33 out of 46 points with her first pass. The Czech player finished the match with 27 final kicks, compared to 46 unforced errors. Haddad Maya scored 12 direct wins and 32 fouls. Kvitova had a rematch against the Brazilian after her defeat in Birmingham a week ago.

Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 14) beat Camila Gyorgi (WTA 26) 6:2, 6:2. Within 68 minutes, the Latvian repelled two break points and traded four out of nine breakout opportunities. She had 22 final hits with 17 non-compulsive fouls. The Italian has 11 straight wins and 16 fouls.

Ostapenko will play in the final of the tournament in Eastbourne for the second year in a row. Carolina Funiaka was the last to do so (2017, 2018). The Latvian has a chance to defend the title. In the twenty-first century, to date, there have been only two tennis players, the American Chanda Rubin (2002, 2003) and the Belgian Justin Henin (2006, 2007).

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In the final match, the Grand Slam champions will face off. Ostapenko triumphed at Roland Garros 2017. Kvitova won Wimbledon twice (2011, 2014). The balance of the matches of these tennis players is 4-4. They will face the grass for the second time. In 2016, the Latvian won in Birmingham after three hundred fights. This will be their second meeting this season. In Dubai, Ostapenko won 5:7, 7:5, 7:6 (9) after defending the match ball.

Rothesay International Eastbourne, Eastbourne (UK)
WTA 500, grass field, total prize money of 757.9 thousand. dollar
Friday 24 June

Singles semi-finals:

Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia 8) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy 12), 6-2, 6-2.
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic 14) Beatriz Haddad Maya (Brazil 15) 7-6 (5) 6-4.

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