Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic won her first WTA title in her third WTA final by beating Agnieszka Radwanska at the Aegon International Eastbourne.
After losing the opening set, in the first three games of the second set the ninth-seeded Radwanska lost just one point, but Bencic responded by winning three straight games herself and we were at 3-all. Bencic had break opportunities in the seventh game and again in the ninth game, but Radwanska managed to hold both times. While leading 5-4, Radwanska earned a break point herself and Bencic’s long shot took the match to the third set.
Impressively, game by game, the Yonex-clad Bencic was only strengthening her lead in the decider and to my surprise she finished the set by bageling the 2008 Eastbourne champion Radwanska, even holding serve to love in the last game. Final score: 6-4 4-6 6-0.
The world No.31 Bencic was unseeded at this Premier-level grasscourt tournament and besides the big trophy she’s taking home $124,000 in prize money.
As you know, our photographer Jimmie48 spent six days in Eastbourne, so make sure to check out his galleries that include the coverage from the big comeback of Laura Robson to the quarterfinals of the tournament:
- Thursday: Down to the final four in Eastbourne
- Wednesday: Quarterfinals set at the Aegon International
- Tuesday: Britons lead the way
- Monday: Rain shortens the day in Eastbourne
- Sunday: The tournament gets into higher gear
- Saturday: The long-awaited comeback of Laura Robson
Additional info: Check out my June fashion favorites article at the WTA website and vote for your top choice. Tomorrow they will publish my Wimbledon outfit unveiling piece, so stay tuned.