Sonego-de Minaur, Ostapenko-Kontaveit in the Eastbourne final



Alex de Minaur of Australia plays a return to Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their semi-final singles tennis match at the Queen’s Club tournament in London, Saturday June 19, 2021. (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth)


Alex de Minaur and Lorenzo Sonego will meet for the title at the Eastbourne Turf tournament after finishing lucky losers Kwon Soon-woo and Max Purcell’s runs in the semi-finals on Friday.

Second-placed de Minaur, an Australian who was quarter-finalist at the 2020 US Open last year, beat Kwon 6-3, 7-6 (2) and improved to 7-2 on grass this month, including the indentation to the semi-finals last week at the Queen’s Club.

De Minaur, who is ranked 18th in his career, is aiming for his fifth ATP title and the second of the season.

Sonego, an Italian ranked 27th and ranked 3rd in the tune-up for Wimbledon, defeated Purcell 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, reaching his fourth and second career ATP final Place on lawn.

By both making it to the semi-finals, Kwon and Purcell made Eastbourne the first tournament in ATP Tour history where more than one man who lost in qualifying made it this far in the same event. Lucky losers will move into the main draw at a tournament when someone else withdraws.

Kwon is 77th, Purcell 283th.

In the women’s final, the 2017 French Open winner, Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, meets Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.

Ostapenko reached her first WTA title match since winning the Luxembourg event in October 2019 by beating Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-1 on Friday.

Kontaveit got further when 75th qualifier Camila Giorgi stopped playing with a left thigh injury while trailing 5-4 in the first set. Giorgi eliminated the top seeded Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.

It will be the ninth tour-level title for the 43rd Ostapenko, who is aiming for their fourth title.

The 27th Kontaveit is 1-6 in the WTA final. She won her only previous title at a lawn tournament in the Netherlands in 2017.


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