Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pliskova sets up Eastbourne title clash with Kerber

Pliskova sets up Eastbourne title clash with Kerber

I think that was one of the best performances we've seen on this court.

In the title clash, Karolina took down the defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4 in 71 minutes, beating the German for the fifth time in 12 matches and for the second time in a row, becoming the second player in 2019 with three titles after Ashleigh Barty.

Pliskova said the score didn't accurately reflect a tough match.

Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, will head to Wimbledon full of confidence after a superb display sealed a 6-1 6-4 victory over the German.

Pliskova, who also won in 2017, didn't lose a set all week in the Wimbledon tuneup.

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On Kerber she added: "I think she's always great on grass, obviously past year she won Wimbledon so it's always super tough".

"I'm feeling good, I'm playing good, and hopefully I can continue on my play from previous year", Kerber said.

Kerber progressed after her opponent Ons Jabeur withdrew from the other semi-final with a right ankle injury. Looking at her record at Wimbledon, Pliskova has underperformed at this event throughout her career as she is yet to make it past the fourth round. "I just tried to, you know, stay calm".

Pliskova, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, gets her Wimbledon campaign under way against China's Zhu Lin on Monday while Kerber will open the defence of her title on Centre Court on Tuesday.

The match between two former world number ones was billed as a battle between Pliskova, the great server, and Kerber, the great returner. Pliskova improved to 5-7 lifetime against Kerber as she picked up her third title of the season.

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