EASTBOURNE: Denmark’s world number two Caroline Wozniacki gave herself the perfect confidence-booster ahead of Wimbledon with a hard fought 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka to take her second WTA Eastbourne title on Saturday.
The 27-year-old top seed was winning her first title since claiming her maiden Grand Slam trophy earlier this year in the Australian Open. She benefited from her greater experience than her 20-year-old opponent, who served for both sets only for Wozniacki to break back both times. Sabalenka’s consolation will be to rise to 32 in the rankings – having been 135 this time last year – and beating three seeded players on the way to the final.
Wozniacki – who last won the Eastbourne tournament in 2009 the same year Sabalenka’s coach Dmitry Tursonov won the men’s title – said she was delighted to have won what was her 29th WTA title. “This means a lot, I forgot how heavy (the trophy) it is!” said Wozniacki. “It is great I can still play at this level almost 10 years later.”