Lopez retains Eastbourne title, Keys wins her 1st

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Feliciano Lopez of Spain completed a successful title defense when he beat top seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in the Aegon International final on Saturday.

It's the first time the third-seeded Lopez has retained an ATP title, and the first time he has beaten Gasquet in their six meetings.

Madison Keys earned her first career WTA title by beating Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the women's final.

Playing in her first final, unseeded 19-year-old Keys became the first American to triumph since Chanda Rubin won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003, and she is the youngest American to win a singles title since Vania King in Bangkok in October 2006.

Lopez held championship point against Grigor Dimitrov last week at Queen's Club, and he is the first player to reach back-to-back grass-court finals before Wimbledon since 2001, when Lleyton Hewitt won at Queen's and s-Hertogenbosch, and Thomas Johansson won Halle and Nottingham.

There was little to separate him and Gasquet, with two breaks giving the Spanish left-hander the opening set, and Gasquet, the 2005 and 2006 champion, sneaking the tiebreaker in the second.

In the third set, games went with serve until Lopez broke to lead 6-5 and then served out for the fourth title of his career.

Kerber lost in the Eastbourne final for the second time - to Tamira Paszek in 2012 - and in a final for the third time this year after defeats in Sydney and Doha. She was seeking her first title came winning Linz in October 2013.

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