Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022: Diede de Groot trumps world No.2 to clinch title
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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
Elsewhere, in the doubles, 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.