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US qualifier Hampton into Eastbourne semifinals

Updated: June 20, 2013, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

EASTBOURNE, England -- Qualifier Jamie Hampton became the first American since Jennifer Capriati in 2003 to reach the Eastbourne semifinals after rallying past Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Thursday.

Hampton couldn't capitalize on seven break points in the first set. Safarova broke to lead 4-3 in the second set and served for match at 5-4, but the American broke back and even had a set point at 6-5 before sweeping the tiebreaker.

After an exchange of breaks ...

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