EASTBOURNE, England ( Associated Press) – Beatriz Haddad Maia received an unexpected assist in her quest to win her third consecutive grass-court title at Wimbledon.
The Brazilian reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne without playing after his opponent Lecia Tsurenko withdrew from a right elbow injury.
Headed Maia will arrive more comfortably when she takes on Petra Kvitova in the semifinals on Friday. The ranking seeks to add a third title after his anointing in Nottingham and Birmingham over the past two weeks at number 29. The Brazilian had not won a WTA title prior to this fictional grass-court season.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-4.
In the second semi-final match, defending champion Jelena Ostapenko and Italy’s Camila Georgi will face each other. Both won in straight sets.
In the men’s draw, defending champion Alex de Minaur defeated American Tommy Paul 6–2, 4–6, 6–4 to advance to the semi-finals. The Australian will face another American, Taylor Fritz.
As the third seed, Fritz became the highest seed ever in the race. The American defeated Kazakh Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-2.
Britain’s Jack Draper defeated compatriot Ryan Penniston 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first ATP semi-final. American Maxime Crécy defeated top seed Cameron Norie 7-5, 7-5 to prevent another British duel in the semi-finals.