Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic claimed her first WTA title at the Aegon International Eastbourne on Saturday beating Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets.
18 year-old Bencic came through the final in Eastbourne recording a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over the world No.13.
Speaking after her win, Bencic said: “It started very good, actually. I was very focused and really I played very free. Of course I was disappointed I didn't close out the second set. I was also was starting to get tired. It was a lot of running and, yeah, long rallies.
But then I started very focused. I did the 3‑0, so after that I relaxed a little bit and could close it out very good.”
Bencic acknowledged the positive impact Martina Hingis has been on her tennis career in her role as coach: “She gives me a lot of good advice. Also not just this week but all the time.”
Radwanska, who won the title in 2008, commented “I think it was really tight match Of course I slipped out a little bit in that third set, but it was hard to also hold the serve and nothing was for sure.
“A lot of up‑and‑downs. So I think it was really hard to predict anything today on the court.”
The doubles title went to No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik, who sealed a 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over the unseeded Taiwanese-Chinese pairing of Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie.
Lifting the trophy for the third time at Eastbourne, and her first with partner Garcia, Srebotnik was delighted to celebrate victory at Devonshire Park.
“Sometimes there are places where players just feel comfortable and for me that's Eastbourne,” she said. “I've always played well here and always felt comfortable. It's very important to play well here to get enough matches in for Wimbledon because grass is so specific.
“This is our first title together and somehow I had a feeling in Stuttgart when we lost our second final that perhaps third time lucky, so I'm really, really happy for Caroline especially.”
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