Belinda Bencic won her first title by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the Eastbourne final on Saturday, denting a huge blow to the former world no. 3.
”It’s one of the biggest days of my life. It’s a dream come true,” Bencic said at post match presentation.
The teenage Swiss has the Swiss legend Martina Hingis in her coaching team and looks determined to go big this Wimbledon.
Bencic, ranked 31st, won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon in 2013, and previously lost two WTA finals, including one on grass.
Radwanska was gunning for her second title here after 2008 but got outplayed in the last set, one that didn’t last even 25 minutes.
Radwanska, who also had Martina Navratilova in her coaching team earlier has slipped dearly in rankings. She said, “I tried my best but she was better than me,” said Radwanska.
Bencic, at 18 years and 109 days, is the youngest player to win a top-level title since Caroline Wozniacki won her first title at New Haven in 2008 at 18 years and 43 days.
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