It was another strong win for Katie Boulter as she dispatched Tereza Martincova in straight sets. The Brit started strongly building up a 4-2 lead, in the first set, before being pegged back and battling back in the first set. Another quick start whittled away but Boulter started quickly in tie-break, holding on for a 7-5 7-6(5) win.
She earns a match up against Karolina Pliskova, who has just three matches on grass to her name, having to battle her way to the Berlin quarter-final. Pliskova started her season late after a freak injury at the start of the year and has notched up one semi-final and the quarter-final last week since her return in March.
The two-time Eastbourne champion has all the experience to get over the line, but Boulter is in good form and has the home crowd behind her.
Jodie Burrage scored her best win of her career over Petra Martic in the first round, coming from a set down to win her first main draw match at Eastbourne. Twice she had to overcome a first break from Martic to keep the comeback on, adding to a week that saw her break the Top 170 for the first time.
She earns match-up against the top seed Paula Badosa, whose great run at Roland Garros, where she was emerging as one of the favourites, ended in a sudden retirement.
It is probably safe to say grass is not one of Badosa’s strongest surfaces but she did reach the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, and has more experience on the tour so far than Burrage – but this could be the upset of the day if Burrage can overturn the top seed.
Harriet Dart demonstrated her now trademark fighting spirit against Madison Brengle, coming back from a set down to earn a second career win in Eastbourne. She faces Jil Teichmann, who enjoyed a solid clay court season, but her record on grass is not great, on a five-match losing streak including qualifying, and 0-3 in main draw matches.
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