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Petra Kvitova ends Beatriz Haddad Maia’s streak

Mar 30, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Petra Kvitova (CZE) hits a backhand against Iga Swiatek (POL)(not pictured) in a women's singles quarterfinal match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Petra Kvitova ended Beatriz Haddad Maia’s 12-match winning streak on grass and advanced to the Rothesay International final with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory on Friday at Eastbourne, Great Britain.

The 14th-seeded Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, will face No. 8 seed and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia for the grass-court title on Saturday. They have split their eight previous matches.

Brazil’s Haddad Maia, the No. 15 seed, was coming off back-to-back titles at Nottingham and Birmingham. Kvitova never lost her serve and finished the match in just under two hours.

Ostapenko saved both break points she faced in her 6-2, 6-2 semifinal victory against No. 12 seed Camila Giorgi of Italy. Ostapenko’s 22 winners were twice as many as Giorgi.

Bad Homburg Open

Caroline Garcia defeated fellow Frenchwoman and No. 9 seed Alize Cornet 7-6 (9), 3-6, 7-5 in the semifinals at Bad Homburg, Germany.

Garcia survived two set points in the first-set tiebreaker and then fought off a match point in the 10th game of the decisive set.

The unseeded Garcia’s opponent in Saturday’s grass-court final will be unseeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who advanced in a walkover. No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania withdrew with a “blocked neck,” she tweeted.

–Field Level Media