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Angelique Kerber in Eastbourne final
En route to her first final on grass, Angelique Kerber took the initiative right from the very first serve. Totally unperturbed by the strong winds blowing around the venue, she immediately put her opponent under pressure forcing her to make mistakes. The first set lasted less than 20 minutes. It took until the second set for the Czech to get more into the game but it wasn’t enough to make any significant difference. Having been on court for 59 minutes, Angelique Kerber clinched the encounter with her first match point.
“It was very tough today, the wind made it very difficult for the both of us,” said Angelique Kerber who will move up to No. 7 in the world rankings should she win the final. Her opponent in the final will be the Austrian Tamira Paszek (No. 59) who surprisingly beat the world No. 9 Marion Bartoli from France in a semifinal that lasted over three hours. “I’ve never played Tamira. It certainly won’t be easy as she’s been playing exceptionally well here this week. To get so far on grass gives me a lot of confidence. The wins are definitely the best way to prepare for Wimbledon.”
The All England Championships in south-west London begin on Monday. In addition to Angelique Kerber, three other members of the Porsche Team Germany will also be appearing at the year’s third grand slam tournament – Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Mona Barthel. Another player in the line-up is Porsche Talent Team Germany’s Annika Beck who got through qualifying to book herself a place in the main draw.