Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022: meet this year’s singles semi-finalists
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This year’s final eight – here we go! Friday means semi-finals day at Devonshire Park and this year’s matches are guaranteed to bring the heat. Check out our preview ahead of day seven of the Rothesay International 2022.
Men’s main draw
Jack Draper (GBR) vs Maxime Cressy (USA)
The red, white, and blue flag still flying proudly as Jack Draper advances to the semi-finals, making him the last Brit standing here in Eastbourne.
At the young age of 20-years-old, Draper continues to deliver as he positions himself as rising star that the Tour should fear in years to come. The Briton already has an impressive list of accolades to his name with some remarkable statistics to follow as he clinched four Challenger titles this season alone, rocketing him into the top 100 early this June.
A dreamy season for the British No.4 has now led him to his first ever ATP Tour semi-final after defeating the likes of the world No.34 Jenson Brooksby, the man who defeated Casper Ruud at Queen’s, Ryan Peniston, and the world No.15 – and four-time Tour-level champion – Diego Schwartzman. Quite the list there for the young Briton.
Draper will go head-to-head with the man who seems to have a thirst for defeating the Brits, America’s fearless Maxime Cressy. Taking no prisoners along the way, Cressy opened his campaign in formidable fashion as he claimed the scalp of fellow American – and top 20 star – Reilly Opelka, laying the foundations for what would evolve into two top 20 wins in the space of three days.
Following his performance against Opelka, Cressy would go on to seal two back-to-back wins against the British No.1, Cam Norrie, and No.2, Dan Evans. Yet, the question remains – can he make it a third against an in-form Draper?
Taylor Fritz (USA)  vs Alex de Minaur (AUS) 
The world No.14 and the world No.24 are set to meet in what will be a showdown of the seeds as they battle for that coveted place in the final.
The world No.14, America’s Taylor Fritz, has been on the rise since being crowned champion here back in 2019 as, not only did he claim America’s No.1 spot at the tail end of last year, but he also became the first American to win Indian Wells men’s singles title since Andre Agassi in 2001. Reaping the rewards, Fritz has developed a taste for winning as he now sets his sights on etching his name in Eastbourne’s history books for a second time.
On courts he knows all too well, Fritz defeated Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro and Alexander Bublik to guarantee a place in his first semi-final this year since his memorable win in Indian Wells.
So, who is set to compete with the American, you ask? That would be the reigning champion, Australia’s Alex de Minaur. The world No.24’s third appearance at Devonshire Park marks his second semi-final as he continues his bid to defend his title. The Australian has posted wins this week over Cristian Garin, Lorenzo Sonego – in a repeat of last year’s final – and Tommy Paul in a titanic comeback that saw the 24-year-old wrestle back from 4-1 to snatch the match.
The pair have met on six previous occasions with de Minaur winning four of those encounters.
Women’s main draw
Petra Kvitova (CZE)  vs Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 
A semi-final destined to generate fireworks as we have a battle of champions on the cards.
With a colourful history, and a phenomenal 28 accolades to her name – including two Wimbledon titles – Petra Kvitova has rightfully earned her place in the rather decorated list of tennis greats. Remaining in the top 20 for an entire decade, the Czech is no stranger to winning.
The 32-year-old defeated former Nottingham Open champion Donna Vekic in the opening round to kickstart her campaign in Eastbourne, followed by two consecutive wins against Brits, Katie Boulter and Harriet Dart, as they battled on home turf. Kvitova’s silky serve and pace behind the ball leaves little room for error, but can an impenetrable Beatriz Haddad Maia destroy this former champions’ final hopes?
Haddad Maia – an icon of this year’s grass court season – has cemented her name on the grass in big, bold letters as she looks to claim her third consecutive title. The Brazilian has faced an array of recognised players in the game along her journey to two back-to-back grass event titles, including two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep, and three-time Tour level champion - with a distinctive serving style - Alison Riske.
Her left-handed powerhouse groundstrokes running opponents ragged, the 26-year-old’s name has become synonymous with success as she continues her phenomenal run of form on the grass courts boasted by Devonshire Park. The newly ranked world No.29 has now added three more wins to her seemingly indestructible winning streak since pitching in Eastbourne, but a new challenge awaits as she must defeat yet another in-form former Wimbledon champion to keep her hopes of a third trophy alive.
Haddad Maia and Kvitova have only met once before in what ended in a straight-sets victory for the Brazilian on the grass earlier this month.
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)  vs Camila Giorgi (ITA) 
The Rothesay International, Eastbourne is providing an exceptional line-up as another former Grand Slam winner storms into the semi-finals – former Roland Garros champion, Jelena Ostapenko.
Reigning Eastbourne champion Ostapenko looks to be the first woman to defend a title since Justine Henin at the French Open back in 2007, and now, only Italy’s Camila Giorgi stands between her and the final in a penultimate clash of the seeds.
The former world No.5’s adoration for the fast-paced surface reflects in her game as she defeated three top 50 players with her intelligent style of play to book herself her fourth semi-final of the season.
Twelfth seed, Italy’s Camila Giorgi, is hopeful to add a fourth WTA title to her collection as she advances to her first semi-final since October last year. With a 100% record so far in the tournament, Giorgi ousted Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in a straight-sets masterclass to inch closer to her first final of the year.
Ostapenko and Giorgi have met on two different occasions, once back in 2016 and once in 2017.