Impressive Dominika Cibulkova wins Aegon International Eastbourne | Tennis in Britain

Impressive Dominika Cibulkova wins Aegon International Eastbourne


| Aegon International Eastbourne

Dominika Cibulkova impressively won her maiden grass court title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova at the Aegon International Eastbourne.

After knocking out Agnieszka Radwanska and Monica Puig on Friday, the 27-year-old returned on Saturday with a Dominika Cibulkovatough task against the in-form Karolina Pliskova.

Pliskova had already won the Aegon Open Nottingham singles and Aegon Classic Birmingham doubles titles so was going for a hat-trick on the grass this summer.

But the World No.21 from Slovakia, playing in her first ever final on grass, was not to be denied her second title of 2016 and sixth of her career. 

She got the better of a crazy first set in which there were seven breaks of serve before playing a solid second.

After getting the advantage to lead 3-1, the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist fought off six break back points in her following two service games as Pliskova pushed hard for a route back into the final.

The trophy was won though after one hour and 42 minutes on her third match point before celebrations broke out at Devonshire Park in the south coast sun.

Cibulkova said: "This one is really special one. You know, this is a special title. It's my second title of the year. I was never able to win two titles in one year. So it feels just great. It's my first one on the grass.”

Dominika Cibulkova

In the women’s doubles final Arina Rodionova (AUS) and Darija Jurak (CRO) came back from a set and a break down to clinch the Aegon International title, defeating Hao-Ching Chan (CHN) and Yung-Jan Chan (CHN) 5-7 7-6(4) 10-6.

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