Dominika Cibulkova added a missing grasscourt title to her resume on Saturday when the Slovak defeated former grasscourt champ Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Aegon International Eastbourne.
“This has been my best week on grass and it just feels — it just happened and I can’t believe it,” said Cibulkova, who missed much of last year after Achilles surgery. “I was playing really well today but the conditions were really hard for me and my opponent. It was a great week for me.”
She improved to 2-2 this year in finals after winning Katowice, and 6-9 in career finals.
Windy conditions contributed to the players trading breaks three times in the first set. In the second set Cibulkova broke at 3-1 before riding out the title.
Pliskova won the Nottingham title earlier this month on grass.
“I’m really happy with the way I played this year on grass, with Wimbledon coming so I hope to have better results there,” she said. “I have at least one title and now a final so it’s not that bad.”
Cibulkova with the title climbs back into the Top 20, and Top 10 on the 2016-only standings.
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