Rothesay International Eastbourne 2023:Gauff and Keys feature in all-American battle while Cerundolo reaches maiden grass semi-final
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Our semi-finalists have been named for the 2023 Rothesay International Eastbourne, with a gripping line-up set to take to the courts at Devonshire Park on Friday to compete for a spot in the final.
What is the Rothesay International semi-final schedule?
- Coco Gauff (USA) vs Madison Keys (USA)
- Daria Kasatkina vs Camila Giorgi (ITA)
- Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) vs Mikael Ymer (SWE)
- Tommy Paul (USA) vs Gregoire Barrere (FRA)
How to watch the Rothesay International semi-final
You can watch coverage of all semi-finals on the BBC digital channels and Prime Video.
The first women’s semi-final will see another all-American battle take place between world No.7 Gauff and world No.25 Keys.
Having already knocked out two compatriots in Jessica Pegula and Bernarda Pera, Gauff will be gunning to make a clean sweep to reach her maiden grass court final. The 19-year-old has been a dominant force throughout the week, having not dropped a set so far across her three matches.
She’ll now face Keys for a place in the final two. A previous champion in 2014 – Keys boasts an impressive 37-13 record on the grass and has showcased her strong game on the surface throughout the week where she’s beaten Tereza Martincova, Wang Xiyu and Petra Martic in straight sets to reach the final four.
Going into Friday's contest on the South Coast, it’s the youngster who leads 2-1 in the head-to-head – can she extend her lead to reach the final two or will Keys’ experience on the grass prevail?
Kasatkina has gone one better than her tournament best of a quarter-final appearance at the Rothesay International, after a retirement from second seed Caroline Garcia saw her reach the semi-final for the first time at Devonshire Park.
The ninth seed – who has taken out Anhelina Kalinina and Karolina Pliskova already this week – is set to face Camila Giorgi who also advanced following a retirement from reigning Rothesay Classic champion, Jelena Ostapenko.
This marks the third consecutive year that Giorgi has reached the semi-final in Eastbourne, but the world No.67 will be hoping she can go all the way this time around. Despite Kasatkina entering the contest having won both of her previous matches against the Italian, this will be their first meeting on the grass so it really is all to play for.
On the men’s side, the first semi-final will welcome a first-time meeting between Cerundolo and Macdonald.
Having only played six professional-level games on the grass in his career the Argentine has looked more at home on the surface this week - picking up victories against Marc-Andrea Huesler and Zhang Zhizhen. The world No.19 will now go toe-to-toe with the American in a bid to reach his first final on the grass.
World No.64 Mcdonald, has already caused an upset this week after knocking out fellow countryman Taylor Fritz in two sets, before coming out on top in a three-set epic against Mikael Ymer to reach the semi-finals. Can he cause an upset against the fourth seed to a career-first ATP title?
In a first professional meeting between two Americans, world No.17 Paul edged J.J. Wolf in a third-set tie break to guarantee a place in the final four.
Competing in his first tour-level semi-final since Acapulco earlier in the year where he was pipped to the trophy by Alex de Minaur, the American will be gunning to go all the way to lift a second career title, and first on the grass. Paul is set to take on world No.57 Gregoire Barrere in a bid to make the final two.
The Frenchman’s win over Kecmanovic on Thursday now sees him surpass his tournament best of the quarter-final, with his appearance today marking the first ATP semi-final of his career. Having beaten the likes of Wu Yibing and Aleksandar Vukic, Barrere could pose a tough challenge for the second seed.