Sportswriting, 28 June. The second seed, French Caroline Garcia, secured her place in the quarter-finals of the Eastbourne Grass Championships (UK), after defeating Romanian Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and a half.
Garcia (No. 5 WTA) and Bogdan (No. 61 WTA) have met three times; In 2017 on the grass of Wimbledon, in 2022 in the final of the Open Championship in Warsama (Poland), on clay, and last May in the first round of the tournament in Rome. Three times the French won.
On Wednesday, the versatility of the world’s fifth-ranked, capable of winning on any of the surfaces, allowed her to continue dominating, for the first time on the English turf in Eastbourne, with a break in each set, in the eighth of the first and the first of the second.
With this, the Frenchwoman reaches the quarter-finals of the English Championship, where she will face Russian Daria Kasatkina (No. 11 WTA) for the fourth time, who returned after 42 minutes of play from Czech Karolina Pliskova to win in a double 6-3.
In turn, the fourth seed in the tournament and the sixth seed in the world, Anas Jaber, of Tunisia, lost at the hands of Italian Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 13 minutes.
A very easy match for Jorge, who knew how to take advantage of every mistake the Tunisian made. Multiple losses in the service have called into question Jaber’s continuity at Eastbourne Courts.
Camila Giorgi will play the next round with a famous face, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (No. 17 WTA), whom she defeated in the last edition in the semifinals in two sets, both 6-2.
Ostapenko, the 2017 Roland Garros champion, faces the Italian with an advantage, with two victories in the three encounters.
American Jessica Pegula, the other favorite, beat Colombia’s Camila Osorio (No. 81 WTA) in the round of 16 with a score of 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
The first encounter between the two, in which a lack of control in Osorio’s service was enough for the current world No. 4 player to tip the match and win at 1 hour 50 minutes.
In the first set, Pegula got the advantage from the fifth game, after back-to-back service breaks by Osorio, allowing him to reach 6-2.
However, in the second round, the Americans relaxed and let the South American react, who did not miss the opportunity, scoring partially and leveling the match.
In the final, Pegula, 29, went from 4-3 to 6-3 and headed without further hurdles into the quarter-finals to set up a showdown with compatriot Coco Gauff, who needed just 59 minutes to eliminate ‘lucky British loser’ Jodi Burage. With a 6-1 double.
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