Kvitova is champion at Eastbourne

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova set herself up for the Grand Slam by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 in the Eastbourne final on Saturday.

The 14th-seeded Kvitova claimed her first grass-court title in four years — the 29th trophy of her career — breaking defending champion Ostapenko early in each set and easily outscoring the Latvian on her second serves. Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the second set to remain in control of the match for a 3-1 lead. “Playing on grass is very special for me every time,” the 32-year-old Czech said in the on-pitch interview. “Plus, it’s the best preparation for Wimbledon.” Kvitova, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, kicks off her appearance at the All England Club on Tuesday against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini. In her finals on grass she is 5-1 in her career. Her most recent title on that surface came at Birmingham in 2018. The 8th-seeded Ostapenko was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon four years ago and won the French Open title in 2017. After the match, Ostapenko withdrew from the doubles final due to an injury to his right foot. The abandonment of Ostapenko and her partner Lyudmyla Kichenok gave the title to the couple of Aleksandra Krunic and Magda Linette. Ostapenko, seeded 12th at Wimbledon, will face Oceane Dodin of France in the first round on Monday. In the men’s final, Taylor Fritz will face Maxime Cressy.

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