Reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko will meet Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the WTA Eastbourne International 2022 semifinal on Friday 24 June. Check out the live streaming options of this match Jelena Ostapenko – Camila Giorgi along with her preview, heads up and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko – Camila Giorgi Head to head
The count is 1-1; Ostapenko won his last bout in the third round of Wimbledon 2017 in two sets.
Ostapenko overtakes Kalinina
It took Jelena Ostapenko, 25, just one hour and 10 minutes to send Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina out in the quarter-finals. She won the game 6-3, 6-2, thanks to eight aces and an impressive 74% first serve win rate.
Seeded eighth for the tournament, the Latvian has had a good run at Eastbourne so far. He enjoyed a relatively easy campaign compared to his fellow competitors. In her opening match of the second round, she defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 and followed by a 6-3, 0-0 win over Madison Keys (the American retired in the second set through injury) .
This is the first time since February that the world number 14 has reached a semifinal on the tour.
He was on track with final bouts in St Petersburg and Doha and a title race in Dubai. Having defeated a handful of bigwigs in these tournaments, most notably the likes of Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza, Amanda Anisimova, Barbora Krejcikova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova, Jelena has certainly made a claim on the circuit.
Compared to these, Giorgi is certainly a completely different league. That said, Italian cannot be underestimated.
Giorgi still to lose a set
Camila Giorgi finds herself in one of her biggest games of the season in the Eastbourne 500. The run is not entirely surprising from the number 12 seed, as she has fared well in previous grass events in Nottingham (round two) and Birmingham (quarter-finals).
With this momentum and a farewell to the second round, Camila overtook the likes of Rebecca Marino (7-5, 6-4), Garbine Muguruza (7-5, 6-3) and Viktoriya Tomova (6-2, 6- 1).
It’s a good turnaround from Giorgi who was left without a single WTA win throughout February-May, until Roland Garros where she reached the fourth round.
Admittedly, the 30-year-old (now ranked number 26 in the world) isn’t the most consistent player on the circuit. His tally has now only improved to 13-10 with his final semi-final coming to Tenerife 2021.
However, Giorgi has the ability to surprise, as evident from his quest for the title at last year’s Canadian Open.
Ostapenko v Giorgi Prediction and suggestion
Ostapenko is the clear favorite here, but could face stiff resistance from the Italian.
However, given his superior pedigree and top tier experience, he should get this eventually and make it to the final.
The WTA Eastbourne International 2022 will be played from 19-25 June. You can watch and bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.