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WTA Eastbourne quarterfinal predictions including Kvitova vs Dart

The Eastbourne quarterfinal draw is set up in typical WTA fashion with only one Top 8 seed reaching this point. Two surprises, lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova and qualifier Lesia Tsurenko have maximized their chances of making surprise runs. Beartiz Haddad Maia is undefeated on grass this year and will try to continue winning her third consecutive title. Two dangerous but inconsistent players, Jelena Ostapenko and Camila Giorgi, are in action and will almost always deliver exciting tennis. Petra Kvitova is a former Wimbledon champion struggling to get fit and will have the difficult task of taking on the only remaining British player, Harriet Dart. All four matches are analyzed and predicted below!

WTA Eastbourne Quarterfinal Predictions

Camila Giorgi vs Viktoriya Tomova

Head to head: first date

Tomova has made the most of her opportunity in her first grass-court event of the year. She lost in qualifying but came through as a Lucky Loser, where she won both of her matches after dropping the first set to reach the quarterfinals. Giorgi is a powerful and talented player who can often be plagued by inconsistencies. He has done well on grass with a 5-2 record so far after a poor start to the season.

Tomova has made it through two tough matches in addition to qualifying, so she will surely test her legs. Giorgi will be a tough matchup for that, with his power hard to defend on a surface he has historically had great results on. Giorgi will be too much for Tomova and she will benefit from his power and experience to reach the semifinals.
Prediction: Giorgi at 2

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Beatriz Haddad Maia vs Lesia Tsurenko

Head to head: 1-0 Hadad Maia

Haddad Maia has had a breakout year, cracking the top 30 and capturing back-to-back grass-court titles at Birmingham and Nottingham. Tsurenko has been strong on grass, although he has generally faced weaker competition. He scored a big victory over Elena Rybakina in the second round, fighting in a close three-set match. She is playing for the third day in a row after back-to-back matches of more than two hours each.

Haddad Maia is 12-0 on grass this year, including wins over Maria Sakkari, Peetra Kvitova and Simona Halep. Fatigue is a concern, but last week’s Birmingham final was cut short due to her withdrawal, and she won her second-round match in dominant fashion in just over an hour. There is no reason to pick Haddad Maia in her current form and she will continue her impressive streak.
Prediction: Haddad Maia at 2

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Jelena Ostapenko vs Anhelina Kalinina

Head to head: 1-0 Ostapenko

Ostapenko is back in the top 20 and appears to be back to being the dangerous player she was when she won the 2017 French Open. Kalinina had mixed results on grass but beat seeds Sakkari and Putintseva in back-to-back matches this week. Although Ostapenko’s best career title was on clay, her best record has been on grass throughout her career.

Kalinina has had limited experience on grass with moderate results. Kalinina looks comfortable and dangerous on the surface, but she will have to serve well to combat Ostapenko’s strong baseline tennis. She hasn’t served well here, she got broken nine times in her last two matches, though her return was strong enough to win them both. Ostapenko will control the rallies in a matchup of similar skills, using her comfort on grass to win the big points to reach the semi-finals.
Prediction: Ostapenko at 3

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Petra Kvitova vs. Harriet Dart

Head to head: first date

Former Wimbledon champion Kvitova is looking to bounce back on her best surface after a poor start to 2022. She is just 10-13 on the year but has looked strong in her two matches here, winning 21 of her 23 service games. . Dart has played well on grass, reaching the Nottingham quarter-finals before a good run this week. Unfortunately, her second round match was called off due to rain, so she has been spending a lot of time on the court lately.

Dart looks in good shape, but he hasn’t been very good on grass in the past. He certainly has a good chance of pulling off the upset by taking advantage of a struggling Kvitova. However, Dart’s time on the court with the match delayed and playing nine sets in three matches will catch up with her. Kvitova will rely on his serve to put pressure on Dart, and she will be able to control plays and hit Dart to win a close match.
Prediction: Kvitova in 3

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