Italian qualifier concedes despite commanding brief encounter
Anett Kontaveit booked her final berth after gritty Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi, a
The world no.27, who was favourite to triumph, eventually took to Centre Court at 2.20pm following rain delays, but was under the cosh for the majority of the clash.
Devonshire Park regular Giorgi, the fans’ favourite at Eastbourne for her regular appearances on the south coast, took her court time for the week to over 10 hours and looked fatigued.
But with one eye on next week’s Wimbledon, and each player having lost their serve once, Giorgi conceded defeat by citing injury.
It was a disappointment for the unusually subdued Centre Court crowd, who had waited patiently for some
Kontaveit, who during the week has seen her flaws on grass exposed, managed to save eight of the nine break points against Giorgi, with the Estonian now a most unlikely finalist. She will face either Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, a former Wimbledon