Qualifier Camila Giorgi sent No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka to a 7-6(5), 0-6, 6-4 quarter-final loss on Thursday to leave the WTA Eastbourne Championships without a seeded player.
The Italian ranked 75th who dispatched fifth seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round, continued her giant-killing run into the second grass-court semi-final of her career.
Giorgi, who won a grass title in the Netherlands six years ago, will aim for the final against Anett Kontaveit, who booked her semi-final spot over Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 2-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.
Giorgi saved only one of the eight break points she faced while breaking Sabalenka’s srve five times.
“It was a good match, very consistent,” the 29-year-old Giorgi said of her form over nearly two and a half hours.
“I played at a good level, I like the fast grass, which suits my game,: added the 2018 Wiimbledon quarter-finalist.
Kontaveit took even longer than Giorgi to conclude her three-set win over Golubic, overcoming seven double-faults while losing serve seven times. The 72nd-ranked Golubic was eight behind, with six service games lost.
“It was a very tough match today, I felt like I had to fight for everything,: Kontaveit said.
“She was playing great, I think her game style suits the grass.
“But I stuck with her in the second set and managed to win a few good points.
“It was so close, everything was on the edge today, I’m really happy to be through to the semi-finals.”
Main photo:- Camila Giorgi in action at Eastbourne ©WTATennis.com/Jimmie48