Eastbourne: Jack Draper denied first ATP Tour final in defeat by Maxime Cressy
The British Jack Draper was denied access to his first ATP final when he lost to the American Maxim Cressy in Eastbourne.
The 20-year-old Draper lost 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 3 to Chrissie. He will face his compatriot Taylor Fritz or Australian Alex de Minor in the final.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova faces defending champion Yelena Ostapenko in the women’s final.
Czech Kvitova captured Beatrice Haddad Maya’s 12-game winning streak, while Latvian Ostapenko beat Camila George.
Draper was pushed into a daring battle by Cressy.
The dripper has a solid performance against Chrissie, who is ranked 60th in the world. It was after breaking into the top 100 at the beginning of the month in 108th place.
In their first column-level semifinal, the fourth-ranked survived four breakthroughs in the first set and eventually lost the tie-breaker, where he saved two.
Cressy did not get off on a set in her glorious career, which included the victory of leading British players Cameron Nuri and Dan Evans at Eastbourne.
But a strong serve helped Draper take the lead on the second tiebreaker to level the game.
The British twice prevented their opponents from going up to a 2-2 lead in the final. However, Cressy took advantage of her second chance in the sixth game. Draper intercepted the ball from behind with a 4-2 foul.
Draper fought and added two timeouts in the next game and three more when he served Chrissie. However, in both cases the American kept his cool and reinvented his serve to end the game.
In the last four rounds, Draper will return to the top 100 ahead of next week’s opening game against Belgian reserves Zizou Bergs at Wimbledon.
Kvitova and Ostapenko in Championship Rankings
Kvitova was in good shape, defeating Haddad Maya 26-7-7-6-6-4.
The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champions finished the Brazilian World Championship in first place. 29 athletes are seeking a third consecutive title following victories at Birmingham and Nottingham earlier this month.
The 32-year-old, ranked 31st in the world, reached the Eastbourne final in 2011 before winning his first Wimbledon title.
He completed the equalizer on Friday to score the crucial points, before receiving the only timeout in the game in the opening game of the second set.
Former French Open champion Ostapenko has become the third player to win the Eastbourne title last year.
The 25-year-old Latvian defeated Italian Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 and finished eighth this time.
Ostapenko won four in a row to sign the opening game and returned to the final with a second timeout in the second set without losing a set on the South Coast.
Kvitova and Ostapenko have won four of their last eight games. Also, Ostapenko winning three sets in their only game in 2016.