Karolina Pliskova defeats Caroline Wozniacki to claim Eastbourne title
Karolina Pliskova secured her third title of the season after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the Eastbourne International final.tennis Updated: Jul 02, 2017 10:42 IST
Karolina Pliskova lifted the women’s trophy at Eastbourne after defeating Danish sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to underline her status as a Wimbledon title contender.
The Czech secured her third title of the season after breaking Wozniacki once in both sets, leaving the Dane still searching for a first trophy since her win in Hong Kong last October.
“I just wanted to play some matches and to see how it goes and to have some hits on grass, especially when I came from Czech (Republic), I didn’t practise much on grass,” Pliskova said.
“That’s what happened, and it came out that I got the title. I didn’t really expect this start of the grass-court season, but it gave me a lot of confidence coming to London.”
Pliskova needed 80 minutes to win the trophy and become the first top-10 player to win the event since former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011.
The world number three was clinical in going one better than when she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in last year’s final, becoming the first Czech to win the Eastbourne title since Jana Novotna in 1998.
The 25-year-old fired ten aces in an impressive serving display, as Wozniacki was unsuccessful on four break-point chances.
Pliskova will go into Wimbledon as one of the favourites for the title, having also reached the French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros last month.