Former World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska saved two match points to defeat Daria Gavrilova in three sets at the Nature Valley International.
David Kane
June 26, 2018

EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - Former World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska continued her comeback at the Nature Valley International, saving two match points to defeat Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-0.

"I think in that stage after two months at home, I think every match it's great to win, especially against someone like Daria," she said after the match. "She's playing great tennis right now, and I'm very happy that I could play really good two matches and that I could win those two matches.

"At the moment I have really nothing to lose and really enjoy my game and enjoy the grass."

Runner-up at Wimbledon back in 2012, Radwanska was playing just her second match since retiring in the opening round at at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, and found herself on the brink of defeat before outlasting the Aussie in two hours and 56 minutes.

The Pole showed few signs of rust in her first match against Timea Babos, and enjoyed a strong run of form to start the first set, edging ahead to a 4-1 lead.

Gavrilova, who is fresh off a run to the third round of Roland Garros - her best result thus far in Paris - won a titantic sixth game in which she saved six break points, and rode that momentum through six of the next seven games to ultimately capture the opening set.

"I think just the first set slip away a little bit. 4-1 up and then those long games that, you know, could end up a little bit different. Well, in the end, she was really making some good shots in the end of the first set and it slip away."

Radwanska and Gavrilova traded service holds until the tenth game of the second set, when the No.15 seed broke to serve for the match.

"The second set was pretty similar. Game by game, point by point. So tight, so long rallies. And then, well, two match points down, but everything was just so tight. I think serve was the key in that match. It was very important."

Radwanska twice saved match points to force a tie-break, showing some vintage touch off the ground to level the match and secure victory in a swiftly won deciding set.

Looking particularly strong on pressure points, Radwanska converted an impressive six of six break points throughout the encounter, and saved 10 of 14 break points faced on her own serve to book a third round clash with longtime rival and Nature Valley Classic champion Petra Kvitova.

"I don't really have nothing to lose, especially she's having great season and five titles already. I think she's really on fire.

"So we played so many matches against each other. I think, you know, I just hope I can really play the same game I was playing today and we'll see. I really gonna enjoy that match. I'm playing against one of the best players in the world, so we'll see."

Kvitova eased into the Round of 16 earlier in the day with a straight-sets victory over Kateryna Bondarenko.