(Eastbourne) American Madison Keys sweated profusely before beating ninth seed Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6 (13) in the final at Eastbourne on Saturday, winning a second career title at this grass-court tournament.
The WTA said it was the second-longest tiebreaker so far this season.
Keys thus obtained a seventh career title, and a third on the lawn.
“I love coming to play here in Eastbourne,” Keys said. I have very good memories here, especially after winning the title twice. »
Keys defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final of the Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament in 2014.
On the men’s side, fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo edged American Tommy Paul 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in the final.
It was the second career title on the ATP circuit for Cerundolo, after the one acquired on clay in Bastad in 2022.
The two tennis players had to draw on their reserves since it was their second match of the day – although Paul had to invest a lot more energy than the Argentinian to emerge victorious in the first.
Cerundolo needed just one game to knock out American Mackenzie MacDonald in the semis, after their duel was interrupted by rain the day before. He then led 2-6, 7-5, 5-2. Cerundolo made sure to quickly conclude hostilities 6-2 on Saturday.
For his part, Paul, the second seed, had taken the measure of the French Grégoire Barrère 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final.