Jelena Ostapenko and Alex de Minaur tuned up for Wimbledon in the easiest way potential, profitable the primary grass-court titles of their careers on the Eastbourne event on Saturday.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion and a wild-card entry in Eastbourne, collected her first WTA trophy since 2019 and fourth total by beating Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 within the girls’s ultimate.
Then the No. 2-seeded de Minaur got here again to edge No. 3 seed Lorenzo Sonego 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) over greater than 2 1/2 hours in a males’s ultimate through which every participant collected the identical variety of complete factors, 107-107.
That gave the 22-year-old Australian his fifth ATP title and second of 2021. All eight earlier finals he had appeared in have been on onerous courts, together with his championship at Antalya, Turkey, in January.
The very best Grand Slam displaying for de Minaur additionally got here on a tough court docket with a quarterfinal run eventually 12 months’s U.S. Open.
He is been so far as the third spherical at Wimbledon.
Ostapenko reached the semifinals there in 2018 and the quarterfinals the 12 months earlier than and received the ladies’ title there in 2014. However she misplaced within the first spherical of Wimbledon the final time it was performed, two years in the past, and in addition had first-round exits at every of this 12 months’s first two main tournaments, the Australian Open and French Open.
Play begins on the All England Membership on Monday.
“I feel I obtained some confidence and now it’s time, most likely, to point out some good tennis at Wimbledon,” stated Ostapenko, a 24-year-old from Latvia who’s ranked forty third.
This was the primary girls’s ultimate at Eastbourne between two unseeded gamers since 2013.
Kontaveit, a 25-year-old from Estonia, is ranked twenty seventh. Her document in WTA finals dropped to 1-7.
De Minaur is assured of transferring up from No. 18 to a career-high No. 15 within the ATP rankings subsequent week.
He goes into Wimbledon on an 8-2 roll on grass this month, together with a semifinal look at Queen’s Membership final week.
Sonego, an Italian who’s ranked twenty seventh, is now 0-2 in opposition to de Minaur and 2-2 in ATP finals.