WTA Tour

Pliskova, Kerber to clash for Eastbourne title

Karolina Pliskova (AP)
Karolina Pliskova (AP)

Eastbourne - World No 3 Karolina Pliskova eased past Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to reach the Eastbourne WTA final where she will face Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.

Pliskova of the Czech Republic needed just 55 minutes to get past her Dutch opponent, preserving her record of not having dropped a set all week on the English south coast.

She fired 21 winners on her way to a third final in four years at the Wimbledon warm-up event. 

"I think I was just playing much better than last year, more free, and just went for it a little bit more," said Pliskova.

German fourth seed Kerber progressed after her Tunisian opponent Ons Jabeur withdrew from their semi-final with an ankle injury.

Kerber defeated Pliskova the only time the two met on grass in the Birmingham final in 2015.

The men's final at the tournament will be an all-American affair between Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey.

Fritz downed British third seed Kyle Edmund 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 while Querrey needed three sets to defeat Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

Eastbourne ATP/WTA results on Friday (x denotes seeding):



Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR x3) 7-6 (10/8), 6-3

Sam Querrey (USA) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3



Angelique Kerber (GER x4) bt Ons Jabeur (TUN) - walkover

Karolína Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x3) 6-1, 6-2

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Sharks 3
Griquas 7
Voting Booth
Having lost the first Test against the British & Irish Lions, can the Springboks recover to win the series?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, they will win the series 2-1. Go Bokke!
54% - 3431 votes
The Boks will win a Test, but will lose the series 2-1.
28% - 1784 votes
It's not looking good. A 3-0 whitewash is on the cards.
18% - 1156 votes