Day 5: Aegon International at Eastbourne
Gasquet, Lopez Will Vie for Aegon Trophy; Huey, Inglot Win Third Career Title
atpworldtour.com: June 20 2014 Eastbourne, England - After missing most of the clay-court season with a back injury, Richard Gasquet celebrated his return to form and fitness Friday as he reached the final of the Aegon International in Eastbourne with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Denis Istomin.
The top-seeded Frenchman converted three of his six break points and was unbroken in the match as he claimed victory in 71 minutes. Gasquet improved to a 15-2 record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament. He won back-to-back titles in 2005 (d. Mirnyi) and 2006 (d. Bjorkman) when it was staged in Nottingham, where it will return next year.
In Saturday’s final, Gasquet bids to win his 11th ATP World Tour title in his 22nd final when he faces defending champion Feliciano Lopez.
The left-handed Spaniard secured a 6-4, 7-6(4) semi-final victory over Sam Querrey in 77 minutes, improving to 5-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the American. Lopez saved the lone break point he faced, in the second set, and won 91 per cent of his first-serve points.
Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot won twice on Friday to claim the Aegon International doubles crown, including an upset of top seeds and defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 in the final. The Filipino-British pair claimed their third team title in 85 minutes. This was the duo's first appearance in a final this season.
"I’m so happy and so satisfied that we were able to win a tournament in my home country," Inglot told ATPWorldTour.com. "I’m absolutely thrilled. This is my best win by far. It’s important winning at home in front of my home crowd."
“Playing in any final is a great experience," added Huey. "The atmosphere was great, and to come through with a real tight win is a lot of fun.” Peya and Soares were denied their second grass-court title of 2014 after claiming the Aegon Championships crown last week (d. Murray/Peers).
"They’re a really tricky team," said Inglot about their Austrian-Brazilian opponents. "We’ve played them numerous times and we’ve pushed them to three sets but have never won. To come through on a final was really satisfying and a big confidence-booster going into Wimbledon.
Kerber Rallies Past Wozniacki, Faces Keys for Eastbourne Title
wtatennis.com: June 20 2014 Eastbourne, England - Angelique Kerber came from a set down to defeat Caroline Wozniacki and book her place in the final of the Aegon International.
Wozniacki started the semifinal brightly, carving out three early opportunities to break before eventually getting her nose in front a few games later. This proved to be the difference in the opening set and when the Dane moved 2-0 ahead in the second, Kerber's hopes looked to be fading fast.
However, Kerber came back magnificently, pushing Wozniacki onto the back foot and deservedly got back on level terms. Kerber continued to dominate the majority of the exchanges and leveled the match up by taking the final five points of the tie-break. There was no respite for Wozniacki in the decider, the German running her ragged, wrapping up a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory with a backhand winner.
In the final, Kerber will play Madison Keys who reached her first WTA final of her career with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Heather Watson at the Aegon International. She may not consider herself a grass court specialist just yet, but American teenager Keys is rapidly carving out a reputation as one of the most dangerous players on the surface. Her big forehand and even bigger serve have drawn flattering comparisons with Serena Williams and have proved too much for both Jelena Jankovic and defending champion Elena Vesnina at Devonshire Park.
Lopez Beats Chardy, Enter Semis vs Querrey
atpworIdtour.com: June 20 2014 Eastbourne, England - a quarter-final match carried over from Thursday in Eastbourne, defending champion Feliciano Lopez kept up his good run of form as he reached the semi-finals of the Aegon International with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy. The Spanish left-hander won 77 per cent of his service points, not facing a single break point, as he improved to a 3-1 lead in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Lopez came into this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament having held a match point in finishing runner-up to Grigor Dimitrov at The Queen’s Club last week. The 32 year old won his first grass-court trophy last year in Eastbourne when he defeated Gilles Simon in the final. Lopez goes on to face Sam Querrey in the semi-finals later today, with the winner to take on either top seed Richard Gasquet or Denis Istomin in the final.
Huey, Inglot Face Peya, Soares in Doubles Final
Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot reached their first ATP World Tour final of the season as they beat Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 7-6(2), 6-3.
The Filipino/British pair will attempt to win their third team title when they take on top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final later today. Peya and Soares are looking to win back-to-back grass-court titles after victory at the Aegon Championships last week (d. Murray/Peers).
Eastbourne Men's Singles Semi-final Friday June 20
1-Richard Gasquet beat Denis Istomin 6-4 6-2
3-Feliciano Lopez beat Sam Querrey 6-4 7-6(4)
Eastbourne Women's Singles Semi-finals Friday June 20
5-Angelique Kerber vs 8-Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 7-6(3) 6-3
Madison Keys vs Heather Watson 6-3 6-1
Eastbourne Women's Doubles Semi-final Friday June 20
H.Chan/Y.Chan vs 1-S.Errani/R.Vinci or T.Babos/S.Hsieh
M.Hingis/F.Pennetta beat 2-K.Peschke/K.Srebotnik 6-4 4-6 10-8
Eastbourne Men's Doubles Fiinal Friday June 20
T.Huey/D.Inglot beat 1-A.Peya/B. Soares 7-5 5-7 10-8
Eastbourne Men's Doubles Quarter-final Saturday June 20
T.Huey/D.Inglot beat C.Fleming/R.Hutchins 7-6(2) 6-3