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Devonshire Park, Eastbourne 17 - 24 June 2023

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Taylor Fritz celebrating after winning his semi-final match at the Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022
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Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022: Daily updates & results

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Your home of daily updates from Devonshire Park. You can watch the Rothesay International Eastbourne live across the BBC and Amazon Prime.

Highlights:

  • Petra Kvitova completes the set of most prestigious grass-court events in the UK after straight-sets win over Jelena Ostapenko 
  • Taylor Fritz wins his second title at Devonshire Park after three-set showdown
  • Tatjana Maria and Oceane Dodin win doubles title by dint of walkover 
  • World No.1 Diede de Groot beat world No.2 Yui Kamiji 6-3, 6-2 to the title in the women's wheelchair singles final
  • Lucy Shuker and Kgothatso Montjane thwarted 6-1, 6-1 by top seeds Kamiji and Zhenzhen Zhu in the doubles
  • Match centre - live scores, draws and order of play

Day eight - Fritz and Kvitova crowned King and Queen of Eastbourne

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Petra Kvitova ousted reigning champion, Jelena Ostapenko, in a 6-3, 6-2 straight-sets showcase to grant her the triple.

A faultless start from Kvitova; the Czech charged ahead as she immediately broke her Latvian opponent to take the early initiative. The two-time Wimbledon champion cruised ahead as she consolidated her break with a comfortable hold to take a healthy lead.

Mirroring styles she showcased prior to snatching two Grand Slam titles, Kvitova took charge of the proceedings with her lefty swing crunching the forehand side of Ostapenko. With a double break now in question, Ostapenko responded with an important hold to keep the Czech at bay. However, as Kvitova remained rock solid behind her serve, the world No.31 found herself with the match on her racket, just inches away from closing out the opening set in timely fashion. As Kvitova’s unplayable shots left the former Roland Garros champion unable to respond; a shot rocketing into the air from Ostapenko led to the end of what was a formidable opening stanza.

Plugged into the mains of this women’s singles final; a whole trunk load of acute angled cross-court blasts from Kvitova saw her break the eighth seed for a third time in the match as she sprinted to the finish line. Yet, as the scoreboard pressure eased for the Czech, the thirteenth seed found herself in dangerous waters for the first time as Ostapenko began asking questions, threatening an immediate return of break. Despite the tempo intensifying, the 32-year-old answered to the Latvian knocking on the door with a monumental hold, followed by a double break to move her a step closer to completing the set of the most prestigious grass-court events in the UK.

Although her first serve percentage dwindled, her authority always remained as the ball sung out of the strings of her racket to close out the final showcase in one hour and 18 minutes.

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In the men's, reigning Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz added his second title of the season to his list of accolades after defeating Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6(4)-7, 7-6(4) in an all-American battle.

The former champion took the early advantage on centre court as he chipped away at his fellow countryman’s niche serve and volley service style to go up a break. Getting a good read on Cressy’s unique style early doors, the American No.1 sought out a cushioning double break to apply the heat on his opponent. With the double break now in hand, and as Cressy’s energy levels melted away, a linear shot from Fritz set the tone for the rest of the match as he blitzed the opening set 6-2.

A reboot required from Cressy in the second; the world No.60 succeeded where he failed in the opening set with a hold to kick things off. Fritz – having never encountered an out-and-out serving volleyer before – continued to play confidently as Cressy’s serve progressively grew more clinical, with 17 of 21 of his first serves converted. As both sides stayed on course throughout the second set, Fritz experienced somewhat of a déjà vu following his semi-final clash as his fellow American called for a final shootout after leaving the third seed with no angle to work with in the deciding tiebreak.

Two costly consecutive double faults in the third gifted Fritz with a golden opportunity, but the 24-year-old was unable to poach the break as countryman Crissy hung on to another crucial hold. As Cressy dialled into his No.1 weapon and Fritz remained unbroken, a final set breaker loomed as they raced to the finish line. The former champion was the first to strike as he went up a mini break to lead the tiebreaker 4-1, and following the longest, nail-biting rally of the match, the third seed earned three championship points to firmly close the door on what was a titanic three-set tussle.

Women’s wheelchair singles final

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World No.1 Diede de Groot won the inaugural Rothesay International women’s wheelchair singles title after beating Japan’s world No.2 Yui Kamiji 6-3, 6-2 in the first ever meeting between the two players on grass. 

The Dutch top seed fended off multiple break points in a marathon sixth game and then gained the first break of the match to edge 4-3 ahead before wrapping up the opening set in 44 minutes. 

De Groot didn’t have to wait so long for her breakthrough in the second set, the three-time Wimbledon champion building on a 3-1 lead and she will now head to the All England Club with a 12-1 record on grass.  

Women’s wheelchair doubles final

Lucy Shuker’s hopes of ending the Rothesay International on a high were thwarted by top seeds Kamiji and Zhenzhen Zhu after the Japanese-Chinese partnership took the women’s doubles title 6-1, 6-1. 

Kamiji and Zhu won six games in a row to seal the opening set. Shuker and Montjane, who were contesting their eighth successive doubles final together, took their opponents to deuce on multiple occasions in a highly competitive match, but Kamiji and Zhu won all the big points to make a winning tournament debut together.     

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