Tennis

Pliskova downs Kerber for second Eastbourne title

tennis2No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova beat No. 4 Angelique Kerber of Germany in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, England.

Pliskova was broken once in the first set, but was dominant otherwise in sealing the 71-minute victory. In the second set, she nailed 81 percent of her first serves and gave up just seven service points altogether to keep Kerber at bay. Overall, Pliskova finished with 33 winners and 16 unforced errors.

It was the second Eastbourne title for the Czech and the third runner-up finish in the event for Kerber.

Pliskova, who also won in 2017, didn’t lose a set all week in the Wimbledon tuneup. Pliskova improved to 5-7 lifetime against Kerber as she picked up her third title of the season.

“All week I was playing quite perfect, but not all the matches were as easy the score says, especially today,” Pliskova said.

Kerber, the defending Wimbledon champ, opens her title defense against fellow German Tatjana Maria on Tuesday.

“I’m feeling good, I’m playing good, and hopefully I can continue on my play from last year,” Kerber said.

–Field Level Media

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