Eastbourne Day Six: Wozniacki through to the final

On the penultimate day of the Nature Valley International, Caroline Wozniacki advanced to her third tournament final this year and set up a meeting with surprise finalist, Aryna Sabalenka. Zuzanna Marciniak reports:

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki will play Aryna Sabalenka in tomorrow’s Nature Valley International final, to claim her second title in Eastbourne, with her last coming in 2009.

The Dane defeated former world number one, Angelique Kerber, 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4, despite making several unforced errors in the first set and having to defend a match point in the second.

‘’We have had a lot of tough battles. I knew it was going to be difficult again out there today, but I got a little lucky in that second set and just kept my head down for the third,’’ said Wozniacki following her victory.

Her opponent tomorrow, Sabalenka, reached the final after beating Agnieszka Radwanska in another three-setter and this will be the Belarusian’s first premier final.

Both players struggled to keep their serve with the match featuring 14 breaks, but Sabalenka’s aggression was the difference maker, and she was able to serve out the match at 5-3 to down the former Wimbledon finalist.

‘’I watched her play when I was young and it was amazing because she’s a good fighter so I’ve always thought it would be nice to play her. Now I’ll against her in the final it is definitely nice,’’ said the world number 45, when asked about her thoughts on playing Wozniacki.

In the men’s final, Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, will face Mischa Zverev of Germany.
Lacko cruised past Roland-Garros semi-finalist, Marco Cechinatto, 6-3 6-4 and did not face a break point during the 60-minute affair.

Zverev beat Mikhail Kukushkin, who yesterday knocked out Kyle Edmund, 7-6(9) 6-4 to reach his first singles final on grass.

In the doubles final, Britain’s Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara dispatched their compatriots, Ken and Neal Skupski in just over an hour to win the title.

Tomorrow will start with the women’s singles final, which will be played at 12.30 and that will be followed by the men’s singles final and then the women’s doubles match.

Edited by Menelik Ford

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