Eastbourne Day Seven: Wozniacki and Zverev reign

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the Nature Valley International final to claim her second title in Eastbourne with her first coming in 2009.

Sabalenka, ranked 45th in the world, put the pressure on the top seed from the beginning and forced her to defend plenty of break points throughout the match. The 20-year-old Belarussian had two set points at 5-3 but could not convert and in the end lost 5-7 6-7(5).

‘’It’s always tough to lose when you have a chance to win, like a set point or when you lead 5-2 in the tie-break and then you totally lose your game. But she’s a great player. It’s a good experience for me and I hope that next time when I have a chance like today, I’m going to keep it,’’ said Sabalenka at a post-match press conference.

It’s Wozniacki’s second title of the year, after her success from Australian Open and it comes only two days before the start of next Grand Slam, Wimbledon.

Mischa Zverev eased past Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-4 in men’s final in Eastbourne to win his first singles ATP title.

‘’It feels amazing to hold my first ATP trophy, it is definitely one of the most amazing moments of my life because you’re the last one standing and you have a trophy, it’s just a very unique feeling. For many years I didn’t believe in myself and didn’t think I can do it but thank God I’ve got my family and my team who are always supporting me and believing in me,’’ said emotional Zverev in a post-match interview.

The 30-year-old from German didn’t lose his serve throughout the whole match and hit an ace to clinch the title in 97 minutes.

To wrap up the most popular edition of Nature Valley International to date, Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu defeated Irina-Camelia Begu and Mihaela Buzarnescu  6-3 7-5 and claimed their fourth WTA doubles title together.

Edited by Menelik Ford

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