Rothesay International Eastbourne 2023: Results & updates
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Get all the latest results and updates from this year's Rothesay International Eastbourne from 24 June - 1 July.
- Madison Keys overcomes Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6(13) to lift trophy in Eastbourne for the second time in her career
- Francisco Cerundolo lifts first grass trophy after ousting Tommy Paul in three sets
- Andy Lapthorne beats Greg Slade in quad singles 6-2, 6-0
- Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs beat Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perry 6-2, 6-4 to win women's doubles title
- Croatian duo Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic overcome Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in straight sets to claim men's doubles title
- Draws and scores
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Day six: Keys crowned champion in Eastbourne for a second time
A tantalising match-up that saw a first-time Rothesay International finalist take on a past champion resulted in a final that did not disappoint as Madison Keys overcame Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6(13).
Looking to make a fast start in the hopes of clinching the title, 2014 champion Keys came out firing on all cylinders – striking the ball with power and incredible depth to bring up an early break point opportunity, which she successfully converted. With the world No.25 making a remarkable 88% of first serves, and dropping only five points behind it – she quickly marked a vital set on the scoreboard to put herself within touching distance of the silverware.
Just when it looked like the result was beyond doubt, Kasatkina found her rhythm as she clawed back from 4-1 down in the second to get the set back on serve and be in with a chance of turning the match around. Hitting her American opponent around the court, Kasatkina fought hard to take the reigns in the contest – being given the chance to serve for the set before Keys dug deep to break back and force a tie-break.
With both players tussling to take the upper hand in the tie-break, it was Keys who held her nerve during a 31-shot rally to wrap up an emphatic victory on her fifth championship point.
Francisco Cerundolo prevailed in an three-set epic against Tommy Paul, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to clinch the men's singles title.
Returning to the court just hours after finishing their semi-final matches from Friday, Cerundolo and Paul went to battle with a first Rothesay International trophy as the shining prize.
Coming in off the back of a semi-final match on Saturday morning, where he dispatched France’s Grigorie Barrere 6-4, 6-2, Paul was faced with world No.19 Cerundolo – who needed just four points to wrap up the remainder of his semi-final encounter against Mackenzie Mcdonald this morning.
Both contesting to lift their second ATP titles - early signs of nerves showed in the initial minutes as both players lost their opening service game.
Once they found their stride, little separated the two players, but it was Cerundolo who struck first with a firing forehand that landed just 1mm inside the baseline to take the lead in the championship match.
Despite receiving a medical time out halfway through the second set for an injury to his hip, the American shook off any sigs of injury as he closed out the set in just 27 minutes to take the championship match to a decider.
With both players going toe-to-toe it was the fourth seed who found the crucial breakthrough against Paul at 4-3 before securing victory as the American launched a forehand long to seal the become the second Argentine ever to lift an ATP tour title on the grass.
The women's doubles final saw Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs dispatch Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perry 6-2, 6-4 to earn the silverware.
After dropping the opening set the American, Australian pair looked to fight their way back into the encounter, but Krawczyk and Schuurs stayed resilient to save all five break points they were faced with in the second before finding a break of their own at 4-3 to put the result beyond doubt.
World No.8 Andy Lapthorne has been crowned the quad singles champion a easing past compatriot Greg Slade 6-2, 6-0.
An all-British battle saw the top seed reign supreme to secure his third singles title of the year.
In the women's wheelchair singles, the Netherlands' Diede de Groot extended her winning streak to an unbeliveable 108 matches, after defeating the second seed Jiske Griffioen 6-3, 6-3. The Dutch duo later joined forces for the women's doubles final where they took out the British, Chinese pairing of Lucy Shuker and Zhenzhen Zhu 6-3, 6-3 to take the crown.
Daria Kasatkina has reached a career first final at the Rothesay International and will take on Madison Keys in a bid to lift the trophy on Saturday.
In her semi-final battle, Kasatkina came out on top against Italy's Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 7-5.
A turbulent start to the opening set saw three consecutive breaks of serve before ninth seed found her rhythm - clinching back-to-back breaks to push ahead to a 5-1 lead before wrapping up the set.
The second set began the same as the first, but once again it was the world No.11 who withstood the pressure and attacked her opponent's serve when it mattered most - picking up an impressive 81% of points behind the Italian's second serve.
With a place in the final on the line, Kasatkina shook off the nerves to successfully serve it out for the match at the second time of asking.
Meanwhile, Keys outclassed Gauff in the semi-final, 6-3, 6-3.
The 2014 Rothesay International champion found the breakthrough at 2-2 in opening set, after attacking a short serve from Gauff and eventually taking the opening set.
Looking to shift the momentum in her favour, the 19-year-old grasped a hold of an early break in the second set before Keys fought back to level the scoreboard. After finding another late break on her compatriots serve, Keys felt the pressure when tasked to serve for the match.
With triple match point having come and gone as Gauff pulled back from 40-0 deuce, the world No.24 re-composed herself to convert her fourth match point and book her spot in the final two.
In full of mental strength, Francisco Cerundolo came back to eventually beat the USA's Mackenzie Mcdonald, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday morning, as he's set to return to centre court this afternoon.
A break of serve on his opening service game set the tone for a disappointing start from fourth seed Cerundolo, who dropped the first set.
With the American firing on all cyclinders, Mcdonald once again flew ahead to a 4-1 lead in the second; but just when it looked like the contest was coming to a close, the Argentine kicked into gear - winning seven games in a row and flashing forehand winners to steal the set.
With Cerundolo looking like a completely different player, he soon raced to a 4-0 lead in the deciding set before a rain delay caused the match to be suspended at 5-4. After returning to the court on Saturday morning, the Argentine needed to play just four points to break McDonald to love and secure his place in the final later this afternoon.
Friday’s men’s doubles final saw Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic complete a hat-trick of Rothesay International Eastbourne titles after ousting last week’s cinch Championships winners Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig in the final.
This win marked the Croatian duo’s 17th tour-level title together, and their third of the year as they put an end to the reigning French Open champions 13-match winning streak in a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
The American luck continues in Eastbourne as Coco Gauff and Madison Keys reach the semi-finals after victories over Jessica Pegula and Petra Martic, while Daria Kasatkina and Italy's Camila Giorgi pick up the remaining two semi-final spots.
An all-American battle on centre court saw Gauff dismantle Pegula, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semi-final.
In a match that saw doubles partners turn rivals, it was the 19-year-old who found the early breakthrough to take the opening set, but Pegula soon found her way back into the contest in the second.
With aggressive ball striking from both players, world No.3 Pegula edged an early break before a momentum shift saw Gauff win six consecutive games to wrap up the match win in style.
She will now go on to face another compatriot in Keys, who recorded a comprehensive win over Petra Martic 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final four.
In a highly-anticipated encounter, Kasatkina moved through to the semis after France's Caroline Garcia was forced to retire at 6-2, 2-1 due to a right shoulter injury.
The evening quarter-final match also saw a retirement, with Italy's Giorgi earning a place in the next round after reigning Rothesay Birmingham Classic champion, Jelena Ostapenko was forced to withdraw due to injury.
After a rain delay caused a late start on Thursday at the Rothesay International, Francisco Cerundolo soon got centre court proceedings underway with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Zhizen Zhang
Eager to make a fast start to reach a first semi-final on the grass, Cerundolo clinched an early break on Zhang’s serve, before securing a second to seal the opening set.
Despite going down an early break, the Argentine soon turned it around – as he got the scoreboard back on level terms before finding a break of his own to eventually secure the match win.
He's now set to face Mackenzie Mcdonald the final four, after the American knocked out Mikael Ymer in the quarter-final.
An all-American show in the men's draw saw second seed Tommy Paul get the better of J.J. Wolf in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2) victory. In a match of fine margins, it was Paul who prevailed in the final set tie-break to set up a semi-final clash against France's Gregoire Barrere.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram's title hopes came to an end at the hands of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, after losing out 6-2, 6-2.
The Croatian duo will now face reigning cinch Championships winners Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig in a bid for the trophy, after they knocked out Australian pair Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith.
In the quad singles draw, Slade’s competitive grass court match debut saw the British No.2 win 11 games in a row to beat Gary Cox 6-3, 6-0.
Elsewhere, Shuker beat British No.4 Bishop 6-1 6-0 in 45 minutes as she reached the semi-finals in Eastbourne for the first time, where top seed Diede de Groot awaits. However, it wasn't meant to be for British No.3 Breakwell, who lost out to China’s world No.5 and 2022 semi-finalist Zhenzhen Zhu 6-2, 6-2.
Dart put up a strong fight against Rothesay Classic Birmingham champion, Jelena Ostapenko, but couldn't deny the 2021 title-winner from a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Second on Centre Court, Burrage was defeated by world No.7 Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-1, with the Brit now looking ahead to the start of Wimbledon next week.
Gauff is now set to play her doubles partner - world No.4 Jessica Pegula - in the quarter-finals.
Fourth seed and last year's Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur was knocked out in the second round by Italy's Camila Giorgi - who stormed to a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Ninth seed Daria Kasatkina beat Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to join Madison Keys and Petra Martic in the quarter-finals. Second seed Caroline Garcia recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan in the last match of the day.
Liam Broady also missed out on a place in the quarter-finals against Sweden's Mikael Ymer. World No.61, Ymer took a 6-2, 6-4 win in an hour and 21 minutes.
There's been an early upset already on day three as Mackenzie McDonald knocked out the top seed and reigning champion Taylor Fritz 7-6(3), 7-6(8). Fritz had held a break advantage in both sets, but McDonald came back twice to seal the win in two hours and 17 minutes.
On the men's side there have also been wins for 2022 cinch Championships runner-up, Miomir Kecmanovic, American JJ Wolf, and France's Gregoire Barrere who knocked out world No.28 Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are into the semi-finals thanks to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Sam Weissborn and Romain Arneodo. Next up they will play reigning champions and fourth seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
Broady and Jonny O'Mara also bowed out of the men's doubles quarter-finals against top seeds and cinch Championships winners Ivan Dodig and Austin Kajicek 6-4, 6-4.
Broady defeated Choinski 6-3, 6-4 in and hour and a 33 minutes to set up a second round match against Sweden's Mikael Ymer.
"I feel at thr right place when I'm here and it's the best way to prepare for Wimbledon," he said. "I'm glad to get this win over the line this after losing a couple of close ones in the last few weeks."
The win marks Broady's second ATP Tour victory in 2023 after reaching the second round in Doha earlier this year.
Following on from Broady was Rothesay Open Nottingham champion Katie Boulter who exited in the first round to Croatia's Petra Martic 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, having received a late call up this morning to join the main draw, Heather Watson lost to four-time WTA title winner Camilia Giorgi 6-3, 6-4.
Last year's Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur cruised through in the women's draw with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Jasmie Paolini.
The now top-ranked player in the draw, Caroline Gracia is into the second round with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Madison Brengle, while Rothesay Classic Birmingham champion Jelena Ostapenko also cruised through in straight sets. Ostapenko plays Harriet Dart in the second round.
American seeds Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula made easy work of their first round matches. Gauff will face Britain's Jodie Burrage with Pegula set to take on Camila Osorio.
On the men's side MacKenzie McDonald and Maxime Cressy clinched wins as Zhizhen Zhang upset seventh seed Lorenzo Sonego.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram just managed to edge through in the men's doubles, saving two match points to beat Robert Galloway and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-3, 6-7(6), 13-11.
However, it wasn't to be for George Loffhagen and Ryan Peniston who exited in the first round.
Dart is into the second round in Eastbourne for the third time in her career with a 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1 win over world No.37 Shuai Zhang.
Meanwhile, lucky loser Burrage came from a set down to defeat America's Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a two hour battle.
Dart will face either of last week's champions - Petra Kvitova or Jelena Ostapenko - while Burrage could play Coco Gauff if the American wins her first round.
"That was a rollercoaster and I'm happy to close it out," said Dart. ""I was not just playing my opponent, but playing myself at times. The conditions were really tough, the wind was going everywhere and it took a while to adapt to it."
It was a tough start for Dart out in the windy conditions against the former Rothesay Open Nottingham runner-up. Zhang took the opening three games to the loss of just three points, but Dart bounced back straight away to level it up at 3-3.
At 5-5 Dart seized her chance to break while Zhang struggled to control her groundstrokes and managed to serve it out on her fourth set point.
The Brit had the chance to serve out the win at 5-4 in the second but couldn’t get over the line as Zhang pushed her to a tie-break and took the second set. Having then gone a break down in the decider, Dart gave the perfect response, shifting her game up a gear to win the next six games on the spin and close out yet another win on the grass.
Burrage got the late call up for the main draw last night, but came out fighting in the second match on Court 2. Despite losing the opening set on her final service game - the Brit proved why she can be a danger to any player on the grass.
Davis called for the trainer midway through the second set and after the break, the British No.2 took full command. She broke Davis and 3-3 in the second and then again at the start of the third. Burrage didn't face a single break point in the decider and closed out her win in front of the roaring crowd on her second match point.
"It was a tough match out there, conditions were not easy," she said. "I'm just glad to get through as I wasn't sure I was going to play here even after I got the call."
Elsewhere, Karolina Pliskova, Camila Osorio, Ana Bogdan and Daria Kasatkina all booked their place in round two.
Loffhagen came within inches of winning his first ATP Tour match on his debut against world No.79 Luca van Assche, but narrowly lost out 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in almost three hours.
The 22-year-old had chances to serve it out at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set, but both times the Frenchman forced his way back into the match.
In the deciding tie-break, Van Assche found a crucial lob off a drop shot before the match came to an end with Loffhagen firing long off his backhand.
Peniston lost to Switzerland's Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3, 6-2 in the final singles match on Centre Court. The Brit now moves on to Wilmbledon where he has a main draw wild card.
Day one saw victories for American JJ Wolf, Aleksandar Vukic, Miomir Kecmanovic, Gregoire Barrere and Sebastian Baez.
After a marathon win against Kamilla Rakhimova yesterday, Burrage was eventually dfeated by Italian second seed Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 6-4. Burrage had held a double break advantage in the second set, but Paolini came back strong to win the final five games on the spin.
However, Burrage will live to fight another day in the main draw against Lauren Davis as the lucky loser from qualifying.
Watson on the other hand narrowly lost to world No.83 Camili Osorio 7-6(5), 6-2. The Brit fought back from a break down twice in the opening set but after being edged in the final points of the tie-break, the Colombian went on to take the win in an hour and 41 minutes.
In men's qualifying, last Brit standing Choinski lost to Daniel Galan 7-6(5), 6-4. Choinski had set points in the opener, but Galan came through in the important points throughout the match.
However, a drop out from the main draw has meant that Choinski is set to join the main draw as a lucky loser and will play Liam Broady in the first round.