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Defending Eastbourne champion Ostapenko advances to final, gets past Giorgi

Jelena Ostapenko defeated Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 on Friday and will play Czech Petra Kvitova, the No 14 seed, in the final

Jelena Ostapenko Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in action during her semi final match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the No 8 seed, advanced to the final of the Eastbourne International by winning against Italian Camila Giorgi, the No 12 seed, 6-2, 6-2 at Devonshire Park Lawn Club on Friday afternoon.

Ostapenko, ranked No 14, will face Czech Petra Kvitova, the No 14 seed, next.

The Latvian beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (6-4, 6-4), American Madison Keys, the No 11 seed (6-3 ret.) and Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (6-3, 6-2) earlier in the tournament.

In the previous rounds, Giorgi, ranked No 26, won against Canadian lucky loser Rebecca Marino (7-5, 6-4), Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the No 5 seed (7-5, 6-3) and Bulgarian lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova (6-2, 6-1).

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