Eastbourne Gallery: Dramatic Finals Day
Tamira Paszek overcame five match points to edge Angelique Kerber for her first title in almost two years.
Published June 23, 2012 08:35
Angelique Kerber and Tamira Paszek faced off for the first time in Saturday's AEGON International final.
Angelique Kerber was appearing in her third final of the year, having already been victorious in Paris and Copenhagen.
Tamira Paszek won just two matches all year until catching fire in Eastbourne this week.
Angelique Kerber came into the final with a WTA-leading 40 match wins on the year.
Angelique Kerber was left to wonder what might have been after failing to convert on five match points.
Tamira Paszek saved the most match points en route to a title since Greta Arn also endured five in Auckland in 2011.
This was Tamira Paszek's third title, having previously captured Portoroz in 2006 and Québec City in 2010.
Entering the week at No.59, Tamira Paszek became the lowest-ranked player to win a Premier title this year.
Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond had to retire in the second set of the doubles final after Huber hurt her thigh.
Eastbourne was María José Martínez Sánchez and Nuria Llagostera Vives' 10th doubles title as a duo.