Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi Brize in the semi-finals MIGMG News

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Heavy hitters Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi claimed back-to-back wins to advance to the Rothsay Eastbourne International semi-finals on Thursday.

The 14th seed, a two-time Wimbledon champion, beat the last remaining Brett Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 25 minutes of play.

Earlier, Italian No. 12 Giorgi won the first quarter-final of the day, outpacing lucky loser Viktoria Tomova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.

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At their first meeting, Kvitova was a force to be reckoned with behind her birth. The Czech, who won Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014, hit eight aces and did not break. Kvitova faced only one break point, which came in the last match of the match.

“I always try to serve well; sometimes you work more, sometimes you don’t,” Kvitova said.

“Today I didn’t have a weak match, so it was good to be certain, especially at the end of a match when it’s always difficult to close.”

On her seventh appearance at Eastbourne, Kvitova entered the Rothesay International semi-finals for the second time in her career. She lost to Marion Bartoli in the 2011 Eastbourne final, just weeks before Kvitova won her major at Wimbledon.

World number 128 Tomova entered the main draw after Anas Jaber withdrew from the singles, and she made the most of it. The Bulgarian won consecutive matches at the Tour level for the first time this year, and reached the quarter-finals of her first WTA 500 tournament by defeating Kirsten Flipkens. Flickins had defeated Tomova in the playoffs just days earlier.

But the Bulgarian running was quickly stopped by world number 26 Giorgi, who was captain during their first meeting. Giorgi fired five aces, won 82 percent of the points behind her first serve and earned two-thirds of the points on Tomova’s second serve.

With the win, Giorgi equalized her semi-final score at Eastbourne last year and is one win away from her first trip to the Rothesay International Final. The Italian has three singles titles on her resume, and her first professional title came on grass at S-Hertogenbosch in 2015.

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