The final of the Aegon International tournament in Eastbourne saw the American qualifier, Jamie Hampton, take her chances against the Russian, Elena Vesnina. This Premier Level tournament is Hampton’s first ever WTA final and comes after her three hour marathon against Caroline Wozniacki, as opposed to her opponent, who won a fifty one minute stroll in the park 6-2 6-0 against Yanina Wickmayer. Vesnina has been in seven WTA finals to date, but has only managed to win one of them; and these two players had not met on the tour before.
Vesnina had little trouble in the first set, closing it out at 6-2, mainly by winning seven out of eight of her break points, while Hampton only took one out of her eight. The Russian also won the majority of the serve stats and had fewer errors than the American.
Vesnina started the second set and held her serve. With Hampton serving in the second game the American got to deuce twice and advantage once, but the Russian got to take the game on her second advantage and then held for a 3-0 lead. Hampton then held to get on the scoreboard, but Vesnina again ran away to a 5-1 lead with her serve to come. She made no mistake in serving out the set at 6-1 to lift the trophy and go into Wimbledon next week on a winner’s high.
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