The last two tournaments before Wimbledon are over and we have Tamira Paszek and Nadia Petrova lifting trophies.
Paszek crowned a dream week at the AEGON International with her first Premier-level title. The Austrian came to the tournament with a 2-13 record this year, but she improved it well by defeating Marina Erakovic, Daniela Hantuchova and Tsvetana Pironkova, then world No.9 and defending champion Marion Bartoli, coming back from 6-4 4-0 down, and now in the final against world No.8 Angelique Kerber, the WTA’s match win leader in 2012, Paszek saved match points to become a surprise winner of Eastbourne.
In the third set Paszek was 5-3 down and had five match points against her, but she survived to win the match 5-7 6-3 7-5.
At the Unicef Open, Nadia Petrova defeated first-time finalist Urszula Radwanska for her 11th WTA title and the first one on grass. The eighth-seeded Petrova didn’t lose a set all week, beating Kiki Bertens, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Dominika Cibulkova, Kirsten Flipkens, and finally Radwanska 6-4 6-3. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)