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June 28, 2022
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Birmingham | Yastremska upsets Ostapenko

Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska fought back from a set down to upset top seed Jelena Ostapenko and reach the quarter-final at the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham on Thursday, while other seeded players to advance were Camila Giorgi, Sorana Cirstea and Zhang Shuai.

I felt amazing support today and it felt super nice, especially the third set at the end. It’s been a hard match and I just tried my best. Dayana Yastremska

Yastremska emerged the victor of a topsy-turvy contest with Ostapenko, who had survived a wobble against Canada’s Rebecca Marino in the previous round, but on this occasion it was the Ukrainian who outlasted her, 3-6 7-5 7-5 .

“I was just fighting,” Yastremska said afterwards. “We are very good friends. It was hard to play against her in both ways, in a personal way and as a tennis player.

“We’ve played doubles together, and we had a lot of fun, but I guess after today’s match we need to talk with each other.

“We are both crazy players. You don’t know what to expect from both of us. I think it was an interesting match.”

22-year old Yastremska, who fled her home city of Odessa in February following the Russian invasion, fired 14 aces but also coughed up 9 double-faults while saving 5 of the 9 break points she faced in the scrappy match.

Twice she fought back from a break down in the final set to advance to her first grass-court quarter-final on the WTA Tour, where she will meet China’s Zhang, the World No 79 and 8th seed here, who beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse from Romania, 6-2 2-6 7-5.

Yastremska, ranked 79, was well supported by the Birmingham crowd at the Edgbaston Priory Club and, following match point, she made a heart symbol with her hands to thank them after her victory.

“I felt amazing support today and it felt super nice, especially the third set at the end. It’s been a hard match and I just tried my best.”

Camila Giorgi came through a close 3-setter against Lauren Davis to make the Last 8 on Thursday in Birmingham

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Also through to the Last 8 is 3rd seed Camila Giorgi of Italy, who prevailed in another close clash to beat American Lauren Davis, 3-6 7-5 6-2, and she will face the winner of the 2nd-round match between last week’s Nottingham champion, Beatriz Haddad Maia from Brazil and Poland’s Magdalena Frech, which was suspended overnight.

6th-seeded Cirstea also took her place in the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-1 win over lucky loser Aleksandra Krunic from Serbia, the Romanian needing just 72 minutes to wrap up the proceedings.

Cirstea won 90% of her first-serve points to the Serbian’s 50%, and 50% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 40%, while she saved the only break point she faced but converted on 5 on Krunic’s serve.

The World No 36 plays Croatia’s Donna Vekic in the Last 8 on Friday.

The last quarter-final match features Britain’s Katie Boulter against 2nd-seed Simona Halep from Romania.

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