Karolina Pliskova lifted her second title in the past three editions at Eastbourne as the Czech posted a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber on Saturday.
Pliskova finished off a 71-minute domination of her German opponent, driving a winner into the empty court on second match point.
Pliskova also won the title in 2017, leaving Kerber with three finishes as a finalist at Devonshire Park.
It was the third final here for Pliskova, coached by Spain’s former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, with the Czech going through every match in straight sets.
“I spent all week playing quite perfect, but all the matches were not as easy as the scores looked,” she said.
“I was fighting a lot today, Angie is one of best grass players.”
Pliskova said that the addition of Martinez to her team was a strategic move: “I’ve never played good at Wimbledon – but at least the coach has won,” she said.
Kerber said she was beaten by the better player: “I tried my best, but she deserved to win.
“This is still the best Wimbledon preparation,” said the All England Club holder.
“I’m going into my opening match as defending champion, it will be a special moment to play there again.
“I’m feeling good, playing good; hopefully I can continue my form from last year.”
Pliskova wasted no time at the start, running off a 4-0 lead within 15 minutes,but stalled as Kerber secured a break-back for 1-4.
After dropping her serve for only the second time this week, Pliskova got the break back for a 5-1 margin after Kerber saved a pair of break points.
The Czech second seed earned a set point a game later, and secured the set in just under half an hour as Kerber sent a return into the net.
Pliskova stayed on her roll to start the second set, breaking two-time finalist Kerber in the opening game on a Hawkeye linecall.
Kerber stayed in touch, saving three break points in the seventh game, finally holding on for 3-4.
Pliskova moved to within one game of her second title here as she took a 5-3 lead, then finished off victory two games later.
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