Eastbourne Day Five: Poor day for the Brits

With Wimbledon starting on Monday, Zuzanna Marciniak reports on day five of the Nature Valley International Tournament in Eastbourne. Today, Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie were beaten, while Angelique Kerber set up a blockbuster match with Caroline Wozniacki.

After beating Andy Murray yesterday, Kyle Edmund could not keep up his winning streak as he lost in the quarter-finals to world number 90, Mikhail Kukushkin, 7-5 3-6, 1-6.

The 23-year-old Brit struggled to remain consistent after winning the first set and a string of errors resulted in him winning only one game in the final set.

Despite losing today, Edmund remained optimistic ahead of Wimbledon. ‘’I feel like I’m playing my best I have played on grass before, so that’s one positive. Today is another thing to learn from, played seven matches on grass so far and spent a decent amount of time on court,’’ said the British number one after the match.

Kukushkin will now face Mischa Zverev from Germany, who sailed past third seed, Denis Shapovalov, 6-3 6-3.

Lukas Lacko defeated Cameron Norrie in straight sets 6-3 6-4 to reach the Nature Valley International semi-final. Despite the loss, Norrie achieved his best singles result at an ATP event by reaching the quarter-final.

In the shock of the day, the women’s defending champion, Karolina Pliskova, was knocked out by Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-2 6-7(5). Sabalenka had never beaten a top 10 player heading into the match, but she showed grit as she clawed back from a 4-1 deficit in the final set, to take the third set tiebreaker. Sabalenka now plays Agnieszka Radwanska who has recently returned from injury.

In the second semi-final, world number two Caroline Wozniacki, will face Angelique Kerber in what is expected to be a fascinating battle. Their last match went to three sets, with Wozniacki coming out on top.

The men’s doubles final will be a special treat for the British fans, as they will see two British pairs battling for the Nature Valley International title. Luke Bambridge and Johnny O’Mara will face Ken and Neal Skupski on Court 1.

Edited by Menelik Ford

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