Hampton beats Wozniacki, plays Vesnina in Eastbourne final

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In the first semi final of the Aegon International tournament in Eastbourne, qualifier Jamie Hampton of the United States took on the Danish 5th seed, Caroline Wozniacki. This is Hampton’s second semi in just a few weeks, having got this far in Brussels too. The young American started well and broke the Dane early in the first set to go 3-1 ahead. She held on to this lead until she got to 5-4 with her serve to come. A long game ensued, which Wozniacki won to level. They both then held serve to go into a breaker. Again the American went ahead and led 3-0, but the Dane levelled at 6-6 and went on to take the breaker 10-8 in more than an hour on court. Wozniacki started the second set and got an immediate break and held her serve before Hampton got on the scoreboard. Games then went with serve until the eighth game when Hampton broke back to level, but Wozniacki broke right back to lead 5-4 with her serve to come. Again the American broke and then held to lead 6-5 and grab the set 7-5. Wozniacki went 2-1 up in the second set then Hampton got two games in a row to lead 3-2. The Dane levelled at 3-3, but she did not get another game as the American took the set 6-3 to finalise this marathon which took two hours forty four minutes.

The second semi was between Yanina Wickmayer and Elena Vesnina, both unseeded. The Russian started  and got two breaks to lead 5-2 and served out the set at 6-2. She then took the second set 6-0 to wrap up the match in just fifty one minutes and move into the final where she will meet Jamie Hampton.

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