Becker, Tursunov, Woz Win Titles; Wimbledon Next
Eastbourne, Great Britain
No. 2-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov finally stopped the run of Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic, prevailing 6-3, 7-6(5) to raise the trophy, but in the process injuring his ankle and putting his Wimbledon chances in doubt. It was the first career grasscourt title for Tursunov, and his first of the season. “Whether it’s winning Wimbledon, Eastbourne, a Challenger of Futures event, or beating your grandmother in checkers, winning is always better than losing — so it’s great to get through the week like this,” Tursunov said. “It’s always great to win a tournament, especially after I had ankle surgery just a couple of months ago. I actually tweaked my ankle in the second set and it was limiting my movement quite a bit towards the second set so I was pretty relieved to get the match over in two sets. I would have been in trouble had it gone to a third.”
No. 6-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title for her fifth of the year, beating unseeded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-6(5), 7-5. It was the career-first grasscourt title for Wozniacki, who further shored-up her Top 10 status. “It’s my first title on grass so that means a lot to me. I’ve beaten some great players, some great grasscourt players,” Wozniacki said. “This tournament had a very strong field.” Razzano toppled the top-seeded Elena Dementieva en route to the final.
‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Becker is again reigning on the grasscourts — this time German Benjamin Becker, who captured the title as a qualifier, beating Dutch wildcard Raemon Sluiter 7-5, 6-3. It was the career-first title for the 28-year-old Becker in his second final. “Everybody can play tennis, especially on a grasscourt — it closes the gap a little bit,” Becker said. “Raemon is a great player. Obviously it was a chance for both of us. I was a qualifier so he went into the match too thinking that he has a great chance.”
Unseeded Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn won the women’s title, beating Belgian wildcard Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 7-5 to defend her crown from last year. It was the third career title for the 32 year old, who beat world No. 1 Dinara Safina en route. “Yanina did a good job running me around,” Tanasugarn said. “I’m happy I held on to win. Last year it was a great experience to win here and I’m so proud I could do it again. I love playing here.”
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