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Fritz becomes Eastbourne’s first 3-time champion, where Kasatkina ends a streak of losing finals

Fritz becomes Eastbourne’s first 3-time champion, where Kasatkina ends a streak of losing finals

Taylor Fritz of the USA became the first three-time men’s champion of the Eastbourne International on Saturday.

Fritz defeated Australian qualifier Max Purcell 6–4, 6–3 in the final to capture his eighth career title without dropping a set.

He also won Eastbourne in 2019 and 2022.

Fritz opens Wimbledon as 13th against another Australian, Christopher O’Connell. After his first tour final, Purcell plays qualifier Otto Virtanen at Wimbledon.

Daria Kasatkina’s first title on grass ended a frustrating run in which she lost five finals in a row, including three this year.

The Russian defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-3, 6-4 in the women’s final to take her record against the Canadian to 3-0.

Kasatkina finished second in Eastbourne last year to Madison Keys, who knocked out Fernandez on Friday.

Russia’s Daria Kasatkina celebrates with the trophy after winning against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez on day eight of the Rothesay Eastbourne International tennis tournament at Devonshire Park, in Eastbourne, England, Saturday, June 29, 2024. Credit: AP/Gareth Fuller

Kasatkina won her seventh career title, and her first since 2022.

Kasatkina is seeded 14th at Wimbledon and has drawn China’s Zhang Shuai. Fernandez is seeded 30th at Wimbledon and has Lucia Bronzetti of Italy in first.