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.