EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Karolina Pliskova beat Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4 in the Eastbourne final on Saturday, two days before the grass-court Grand Slam starts in southwest London. The No. 3-ranked Pliskova took the first set in just 31 minutes with three service breaks, and she held on to an early break in the second to win the title. She hit seven aces and won 71% of points on her first serve. Pliskova said the score didn’t accurately reflect a tough match. “I was fighting a lot and I think Angelique is one of the best grass-court players,” she said. Pliskova didn’t drop a set all week in Eastbourne, losing just 19 games across five matches, including a 6-1, 6-2 rout of fourth-ranked Kiki Bertens in the semifinals. She never has gone further than the fourth round at Wimbledon. Kerber hasn’t won a tournament since beating Serena Williams in last year’s Wimbledon final. Pliskova also won Eastbourne in 2017, a year after losing the final. Kerber has lost all three finals she has played at the Wimbledon tuneup. Kerber starts her Wimbledon title defense against fellow German Tatjana Maria, and is in the same quarter of the draw… Read full this story
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