Kvitova Wins First Grass Title In 4 Years In Eastbourne; Garcia Overcomes Andreescu For Bad Homburg

by Staff | June 26th, 2022, 2:52 pm
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Petra Kvitova got back in the win column ending a lengthy title drought on her favorite surface rolling past Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 in the finals at Eastbourne.

Kvitova wins her 29th career title and first on grass since 2018. And the lefty will go into Wimbledon with some much-needed momentum to place she’s twice won.

“I’m very delighted, of course, after a special final,” Kvitova said. “I know that Jelena is playing well here on grass, the defending champion, so I was really prepared for that fast, aggressive game which she really played. It was a good match from both of us, I think.”

It was also Kvitova’s first title since Doha in March of 2021.

“My serve was working, but still I needed some breaks, or I’m playing a tiebreak, which is always 50-50,” Kvitova said. “I knew I had to push her second serve especially, and I was just going for it, trying to play aggressive from the first point so she doesn’t have time in her game.”

Over in Germany, Caroline Garcia came from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. Playing in her first final since Miami 2021 and seeking her first title since the US Open, Andreescu led by a set and 4-2 but dropped 10 of the last 14 games.

Her third career grass title saw Garcia save a matchpoint in the semifinal.

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