2015 WTA Eastbourne AEGON International Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA: June 22-28 Eastbourne

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Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, GBR
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n2 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n6 Lucie Safarova CZE
n8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n9 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n10 Angelique Kerber GER
n11 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n12 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n14 Andrea Petkovic GER
n15 Timea Baczinsky SUI
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#13 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH

#31 Belinda Bencic
5'9" 139lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Eastbourne, England, in the final of the AEGON International, the 2015 finalist at 's-Hertogenbosch, 18 year old #31 (career high: #31) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2008 Eastbourne champion (and 2014 champ at Montreal), 26 year old 9th seeded #13 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 (Aga is shown during the match; Belinda is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Belinda's prize is $124,000; Agnieszka's prize is $66,000.

    Belinda said: "The match started very well for me, actually. I was very focused and I really played very freely. Of course I was disappointed I didn't close out the second set, and I was also starting to get a little tired. It was a lot of running out there, and we had some long rallies too. But I was very focused in the third set, and after 3-0 I relaxed a little bit and closed it out well." WTA story

    Aga said: "I think I had a lot of good matches, Nottingham and here, and I think that's the main thing going into a Grand Slam. I think I did the best preparation I could before Wimbledon, and I played some really good tennis these last few weeks, so now we'll just wait and see what happens in London."

    Belinda and Agnieszka had never before met on the field of combat.

    Belinda is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 21-15.

    Agnieszka is now 14-7 in WTA singles finals; she has a 22-15 singles match record this season.


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International Women's Open,  Eastbourne, England

tourney time:
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England News - UK News

    Eastbourne: The main draw for Eastbourne has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for broader view   Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England
Latitude: 50.763621 Longitude: 0.283821
International Women's Open venue address:
International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, College Rd, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN21 4JJ United Kingdom

2015: On Sunday, June 21 at Eastbourne, Genie Bouchard & Caroline Wozniacki did the seashore thing...
Eastbourne, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $3,000 US; points: 1
Monday: play underway after rain delay
*n44 Alison Riske USA d n24 Alize Cornet FRA 6-0, 6-3 Sun
n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n59 q Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon
n28 Barbora Strycova CZE d n30 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n45 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 7-6(7) Sun
n32 Camila Giorgi ITA d n69 q Christina McHale USA 6-2, 6-3 Mon
n33 Caroline Garcia FRA d n36 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-2 Sun
*n139 wc Johanna Konta GBR d n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-0, 6-2 Sun

Johanna's forehand drive

    Johanna said: "Every first round is tough. There is no easy match but I was happy I could go out there and give my best and I was fortunate enough to come out on top." tourney story

n35 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n72 Johanna Larsson SWE 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-1 Sun
*n83 q Polona Hercog SLO d n37 Madison Brengle USA 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n47 Heather Watson GBR d n38 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(5), 6-2 Mon

Heather firing a forehand

    Heather said: "I was super, super motivated today. I don't know. I just felt really good and excited to play. I think maybe because I haven't played that many matches recently, and especially just being here at home, I always feel extra motivated." tourney story

n42 Sloane Stephens USA d n208 wc Naomi Broady GBR 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) Sun

Sloane driving a forehand

n48 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n90 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n50 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n354 wc Harriet Dart GBR 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Domi following a backhand

    It was Domi's first match after being sidelined for over four months following achilles tendon surgery.

    Dominika said: "I didn't even feel like I didn't play for four months. I felt like I just played two weeks ago at Roland Garros and now I'm here.
    "The first set was great, I felt so good and so strong. The second set was a bit complicated. All three games I lost, I had break points or game points. But that's normal.
    "If someone told me before the tournament I'd win my first match, I'd take it, no matter what. And my foot felt very good. Even right now there's no pain, so I'm obviously really happy." WTA story

n60 q Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n63 q Lauren Davis USA 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 Mon
*n73 q Irina Falconi USA d n61 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*n67 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n64 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK 6-3, 6-4 Sun

Eastbourne, 2nd Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $4,550 US; points: 55
n5 s2 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n60 q Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 7-6(4), 6-2

Caro driving a backhand

    Caroline said: "It felt great to be out here, I love this tournament, this amazing crowd and I know Jarmila is a really tough opponent. She plays really powerful tennis, so for me it was all about keeping my mental toughness and going for the right shots. It's great conditions—there's no wind today—and it's perfect preparation for me for Wimbledon." WTA story

*n50 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n6 s3 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(7), 6-4
*n139 wc Johanna Konta GBR d n8 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6-4

Johanna's backhand drive

    Johanna said: "On paper it looks like my best ever win. I knew [Kate] wouldn't give me any easy points. She is a top 10 player for a reason. I had to play some of my best tennis out there and I managed to do that."

*n42 Sloane Stephens USA d n9 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 7-5
n11 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n44 Alison Riske USA 7-6(5), 6-3 ppd-Tue

Genie following a forehand

    The win broke a 4-match losing streak by Genie, who has won only 2 of her last 10 matches.

    Genie said: "It was a tough battle. [Alison] plays good tennis, especially on grass, so I knew to be prepared for a really tough match. I'm happy I was able to stay with her when it was tough in that first set and just fight it out. That's what I want to do in all my matches, just keep fighting no matter what." WTA story

n12 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n67 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-4, 7-5
n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n73 q Irina Falconi USA 6-0, 6-2
n14 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER d n33 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-4

Petko delivering a backhand

*n47 Heather Watson GBR d n17 s11 Elina Svitolina UKR 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

Heather's backhand drive

*n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n18 s12 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue

2014 Eastbourne champ Madison about to swat a forehand, and Belinda driving a backhand

    Madison said: "I felt it was just not quite happening out there today. It's always tough playing your first match of the year on grass, and everyone kind of has to work into it a little bit. Belinda has played a ton of matches on grass and feels comfortable. You could tell because she played really well today." WTA story

n20 s13 Sara Errani ITA d n28 Barbora Strycova CZE 6-2, 6(1)-7, 7-6(7)
n21 s14 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n83 q Polona Hercog SLO 5-7, 6-3, 6-0

Garbi's backhand drive

*n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n22 s15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-4
*n48 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n23 s16 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-5, 7-6(0)
*n41 LL Daria Gavrilova RUS d n32 Camila Giorgi ITA 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3
n35 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n49 LL Monica Niculescu ROU 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
Eastbourne, 3rd Rd, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $8,700 US; points: 100
n5 s2 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6(3)-7, 6-3, 6-1

Caroline about to hit balls to the crowd after match point

    Caro said: "I was 5-1 up in that first set, so when I was 5-1 up in the third set I was thinking to myself that I really couldn't repeat what happened earlier. I served better as the match went on, tried to take the ball a little earlier." WTA story

*n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n11 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-4, 3-0 retired—abdominal injury

Belinda and Genie after Genie retired

*n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n12 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-2, 6-1
n14 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER d n35 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-4
*n41 LL Daria Gavrilova RUS d n20 s13 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
*n139 wc Johanna Konta GBR d n21 s14 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Johanna following a forehand

n42 Sloane Stephens USA d n47 Heather Watson GBR 6-2, 6-3

Sloane driving a backhand

n48 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n50 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-1

Tsvetana's backhand drive

Eastbourne, QFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $16,725 US; points: 100
n5 s2 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n14 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-5, 6-1

Caro after match point

n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n48 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-2

Aga driving a forehand

n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n139 wc Johanna Konta GBR 2-6, 6-0, 6-3

Belinda following a backhand

    Johanna said: "Obviously I played a very solid, good first set, and started the match really well. [Belinda] definitely stepped up her level after that. She played very well. All credit to her She played tough and solid when she needed to, and she just played the situation. She was definitely the better player today." WTA story

*n42 Sloane Stephens USA d n41 LL Daria Gavrilova RUS walkover—abdominal strain

Eastbourne, SFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $33,005 US; points: 185
n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n5 s2 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 3-0 retired—low back injury

Belinda at her post match presser

    Belinda said: "Of course I'm happy to be in the final, but it's not the way I wanted to go through. I hope Caroline is okay for Wimbledon."

n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n42 Sloane Stephens USA 6-1, 6(3)-7, 6-2

Aga following a forehand

    Aga said: "Playing with the wind is probably the most difficult for the players, and it was blowing strongly pretty much the whole match. The match was up and down throughout, so I had to fight for each ball because [Sloane] was playing great. I had some chances in the second set but she was just too good in the important moments and I'm just glad to finish the match in three sets." WTA story

Eastbourne, Final, Sat 130pm
loser's prize: $66,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $124,000 US; points: 470
*n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Aga and Belinda driving forehand and backhand

Eastbourne, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $20,650 US
winners' prize: $39,000 US
s4 Caroline Garcia & Katarina Srebotnik d Jie Zheng & Yung-Jan Chan 7-6(5), 6-2

Eastbourne, Qual Finals, Mon Jun 17 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,245 13pts; qualifier 25 points
*n90 Marina Erakovic NZL d n41 Daria Gavrilova RUS 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4
*n69 Christina McHale USA d n49 Monica Niculescu ROU 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
*n61 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n58 Kurumi Nara JPN 7-5, 6-2
n59 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n65 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-3
n60 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n79 Tatjana Maria GER 6-4, 6-1
n63 Lauren Davis USA d n92 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
n73 Irina Falconi USA d n81 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 7-6(5), 6-3
n83 Polona Hercog SLO d n87 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-2, 6-0

Eastbourne, Withdrawals
n2 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE illness
n10 s6 Angelique Kerber GER
n15 Timea Baczinsky SUI

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 297):

    The women have played a Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne since the nineteenth century, after all these years still playing at the same site, Devonshire Park.

    Eastbourne is two hours southeast of London, an easy train ride or a harrowing drive along narrow country roads. It sits on the English Channel and is the English version of St. Petersburg [Florida], a small resort town where a substantial part of the population is over the age of seventy.
    Devonshire Park is a two-hundred-yard walk from the beach, a veritable melting pot of the tennis world. The old is very much in evidence: the north stand, which was built in 1881, is often filled with septuagenarians who have been coming here for as long as anyone can remember. Towering oak trees rise up behind the north stand and sea gulls often swoop by noisily, distracting the players.
    Two things make Eastbourne different than other tournaments. First, it is a six-day tournament, ending Saturday...

    The second thing that makes Eastbourne unique is the player party. Every tennis tournament in the world has a player party. On the women's tour, WTA public relations and marketing people as well as their counterparts at Kraft and Virginia Slims usually spend the first few days at each tournament trying to round up players to come to the party. For the players, one more party with one more group of sponsors telling them how wonderful they are is boring, a time-waster. They understand they have to do their share to keep these people happy, but they don't enjoy it very much.
    Eastbourne is different because of the talent show. The players--even Navratilova--show up because they expect the show to be funny. The person most responsible for making it funny every year is Elsie Burgin, director, writer, and star.
    This year's [1990's] show was built around a mock game show...

    ...Most of this was very inside humor. If you weren't part of the women's tour in some way, the jokes meant little. [Sophie] Amiach broke the crowd up with her Stefano Capriati imitation: "I deserve the credit," she said. "I produce the child. I teach the child. I coach the child. I am the star." To his credit, Stefano Capriati laughed as hard as anyone...

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