Eastbourne - American qualifier Jamie Hampton upset former world number one
Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (8/10) 7-5, 6-3 at the ATP-WTA Eastbourne
International on Friday to reach the first final of her career.
23-year-old Hampton, ranked 41st, will move into position as national
number three behind Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens after the best
week of her career.
Hampton was the first US woman since Jennifer
Capriati a decade ago to play the semis at Devonshire park and is the
first qualifier on the WTA to reach a final this season.
fifth seed Wozniacki while playing in only her third career grass event
and will compete at Wimbledon next week for only the second time after
reaching the second round a year ago.
Wozniacki was denied a chance at her second career grass court title after winning Eastbourne in 2009.
pair had never played on the WTA, but that meant little to the
determined Hampton, who kept up her game despite losing the opening set
in a tiebreaker against her more experienced opponent.
levelled in a tight second set and sprang the upset of Wozniacki as she
went up a break in the third and kept her winning margin to secure
Hampton will face off in Saturday's final against Elena Vesnina of Russia.
Results from the fifth day of the ATP-WTA Eastbourne International (x denotes seeding):
Jamie Hampton (USA) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x5) 6-7 (8/10) 7-5, 6-3
Elena Vesnina (RUS) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-2, 6-0