American teenager Coco Gauff’s preparations for Wimbledon were affected when she was knocked out of Eastbourne on Wednesday, losing to Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova 4-6 7-5 6-2.
Third seed Bianca Andreescu was knocked out at Devonshire Park but top seed Aryna Sabalenka had no trouble beating American Alison Riske 6-1 6-4.
The 17-year-old Gauff returned after losing her first eight matches the night before to seventh seed Elise Mertens, only to lose this time after leading by a set 5-2.
Sevastova, the lucky loser in the playoffs, qualified during the decider as Gave’s serve went out 2-2.
Next time, Sevastova will meet with Kazakh Elena Rybakina, who ousted Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in successive rounds.
World number 23 Gave reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open this month and will head to Wimbledon, where she led the tournament in 2019 by defeating former champion Venus Williams on her way to the fourth round.
Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko showed signs of returning to her best form after defeating Tunisian Anas Jabeur, winner of last week’s WTA event in Birmingham.
Ostapenko, who plays doubles in Eastbourne with Gauff, won 5-7 6-4 6-3. Qualifier Camila Giorgi reached the third round after defeating American Shelby Rogers.
Kandyan Andreescu, the former US Open champion, had no match with Estonian Anett Kontaveit, losing 6-3 6-3.