Beatriz Haddad Maiya ahead in the semis, third title in a row

Beatrice Haddad Maiya was given a helping hand in her bid for her third straight grass-court title before Wimbledon.

The Brazilian reached the semifinals on Thursday at Eastbourne without hitting a single ball when his opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, withdrew due to a right elbow injury.

Haddad Maiya will be fresh as she faces Petra Quitova in the last four on Friday as she looks to pursue title wins in Nottingham and Birmingham over the past two weeks. She didn’t win a WTA title before this short grass-court season which is going better than she ever imagined.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Quitova ended British wild card Harriet Dart’s hopes with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on center court.

The second semifinal match will be between defending champion Jelena Ostapenko and 12th seed Camilla Georgie, who also won the straight set.

In the men’s event, British wild card Jack Draper reached his first ATP semifinal by defeating compatriot Ryan Penniston 6-3, 6-3. Maxim Cressi of the United States confirmed that there would be no second All-British match in the semifinals but home hope Cameron Norie knocked out the top-ranked player 7-5, 7-5.

This left third-ranked Taylor Fritz as the highest-ranked player in the draw, becoming the second American to advance to the quarterfinals, beating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-2.

Fritz will now play against defending champion Alex de Minor, who defeated Tommy Paul 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Most of the scrutiny at Eastbourne this week has been on women’s doubles, with Serena Williams competing for her comeback a year away from tennis.

Serena Williams' Comeback Cut Short by Ons Jabeur Injury

However, Williams and Ons Jabur withdrew from the tournament on Thursday due to right knee injuries, the WTA said. They were to play Magda Linette and Alexandra Krunik in the semifinals after winning two matches on the south coast of England.

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