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The winner, misses Chris ever Lloyd. Martina Navratilova saved the match
point tremendously well. That is it. I do not have to tell you how
popular Martina Navratilova is. Monica Seles, adding to her growing
trophies. That is it. Kim cloisters wins at Eastbourne.
Good afternoon, finally some really is served here on the south coast
after a week of thunder storms and flooding. We have a final on time
beneath mostly blue skies. The temperature is hovering around 20
degrees. Eastbourne is for young and old and it is a day for reminiscing
about champions past and champions to come with food and drink. Today's
winner will add their names to a glorious roll of honour as we have
just seen. Whoever wins today, it will be an East European tribe. It
is the Czech Republic against Slovakia. This match on Centre Court
here at Eastbourne today is a classic contrast in stature and
style, of which more in a moment. It has been a really good tournament,
but the one disappointment was that Johanna Konta, trying to become our
first British champion since 1975, fell short last night. Disappointing
for us, but even more disappointing for her. She had her chances and she
played great tennis, but towards the end she was feeling it physically.
It is the only set so far that Pliskova has dropped in this
tournament and she came through the first two rounds in very
straightforward fashion. But the match last night was a classic ding
dong encounter that had the crowd here at Eastbourne on their feet
from the word go. It is not often on tour that you have to play two
matches in one day. Johanna Konta, starting in style. Nicely done.
Pliskova showing off her strokes. There is the winner. Really good
adjustment from Johanna Konta, but Pliskova is giving her nothing. Well
done, really well done. A brilliant break from Johanna Konta, and she
takes the opening set 7-6. No, no. That is heavy striking from
Pliskova. Wow. Pliskova wraps it up in style and she takes the second
set. She is hanging in. Superb from Pliskova. That is it. It is a first
Eastbourne final with the Czech Republic, Karolina Pliskova. What
does this mean? I played again a bunch of really good matches against
really good players and I got to stay at home that much longer. So, I
think it has been a very happy and positive week. She did not leave
empty-handed. That Crystal Rose Bowl presented to her by the chairman is
also along with life membership of the courts here, and as she lives
around here she is probably allowed to play here free anyway, but it was
a nice touch from the Club. Pliskova is in a rich vein of form at the
moment and she won at Nottingham two weeks away and she is one match away
from another title here at Eastbourne. It was a tough match for
me. You must walk onto court so confident. Yes, but not always. Sam
of them I have lost to them and it is better to expect a tough match
and if it goes on my side it is better. How do you feel you play in
Johanna's match. Were you wobbling in the last set? The first set was
really close and we were both serving very well, but the game for
me on the baseline was not very good and she was more aggressive in the
first set and she deserved to win the tie break. But I still believed
I could break her once in the second set and my game improved a lot in
the second set. Even at the beginning of the third, but I got a
bit tired and she came back and in the end it was a tight match. Your
serve is your great weapon. You are lucky to have the build to love it,
but it must be a great source of confidence to know that if you are a
break point down that you can produce that. Definitely, it is good
especially on grass to have a survey like this. It can sometimes save you
from tough balls. Always my serve is a big advantage. A lot of people
might not know too much about you. Your twin sister is a very good
tennis player as well. How much rivalry has there been between you?
We are the same age, we are both twins. She is a little bit down in
the rankings now, so we do not see each other much in the tournament,
but she is getting better. We are watching all the matches when she is
playing. When I am playing a she is watching, so we support each other.
Of course there is a rivalry, we both want to win and we want to be
the best. She is left-handed and is tough to play on grass, so we do not
play very much on grass. Do you play doubles together? We have different
schedules, so to play with her is difficult and this year I will play
with somebody else. Maybe in the future. Today it is someone from the
Czech Republic against Slovakia. Does that mean anything? I see her
very often, she is a very nice girl. I have a Slovak person in my team
right now, my coach. She is an opponent and I do not think about
the fact she is from Slovakia. You are so used to play in finals. Do
you wake up on the morning of a final and think, this is it? Does it
feel different or do you treat it like any other round? It is a little
bit different, but normally I am not nervous before matches, but it is
different because it is the last match of the week and I want to do
everything and put everything I can into the last match. Good luck.
Thank you very much. As the week has gone by the court has got much
harder and it is a benefit to have that big serve. It got her out of
trouble yesterday against Johanna Konta. Yes, that serve is a huge
weapon. She led the tour in terms of aces last year and she does so this
year. It will be key in this match today as well. Yesterday it was
windy and today it is windy. But she is able to hit through that and it
is something Cibulkova will have to look out for. The wake of her shock
is something to look at. Yes, it is off the ground. But once they get
into the rallies anything is possible. Her opponent is very
feisty, only five feet three, but she had a similar run through to the
final in the fact she only dropped one set and that was against the
number one seed, Agnieszka Radwanska. Her reaction at the end
tells you what kind of a player she is an character she is. So ebullient
and very natural and she gives it absolutely everything. And she was
equally upbeat if a little bit tired when she spoke to us. It was
extremely tough today after yesterday and today I was able to
come back and I was playing a little bit better with every stop. With the
rain delay I was coming back stronger and today I was playing
good in the morning. We played over one and a half hours and after I had
another two hours to have some rest and go back again and I was playing
a completely different opponent. It gives me a lot of confidence that I
could play Agnieszka Radwanska and then Monica puree who was playing
very aggressively. I had to change my play and play a little bit
different. When you are in the final, what is the feeling like? It
is the best feeling ever. I would never change it for anything. That
is what gives you the power and the motivation to go and work. Sometimes
you feel like, I cannot do this any more, I feel tired. That is with the
travelling and everything. But this gives you so much power. You played
a Grand Slam final in Australia a couple of years ago, on the morning
of a final does the final feel different to any other round? When
it feels different it is never good. You have to take it as another
match. Always when I want too much to win I never win it. This year I
have already played three finals and one of them I won and I was feeling
really good. I was not enjoying it, but I was really... Chilled.
Chilled. Andy at the one I wanted it too much. Do you have any secrets to
be chilled? When I tell myself to not care so much. But it is tough. I
do care. Karolina has got a huge serve, how do you combat that? She
is really tall and she is playing really aggressively. Against her
serve it is hard to compete. I played her once and I won in two
sets, but it was a very tough match. She is trying to finish the points
in two or three points. She does not like long rallies, so that is what I
will try to do, get her in long rallies. Win or lose in preparation
for Wimbledon this has been a pretty good week. Yes, it has. I am happy I
am playing my first match on Tuesday. It is a big help when you
stay longer on the tournament. You always want to get a few days to
practice at a Grand Slam, so I am happy about it. Best of luck.
We are almost ready to go because the line judges are out and the ball
boys and the ball growth as well. We are just waiting for the players. If
there was one word that you would use to sum up Cibulkova it is
attitude. She has got a fantastic attitude. The energy she brings onto
the court is captivating to watch. I could just watch her and not the
tennis in terms of what she brings to the court. There is a feeling
these days across all sport that size isn't everything. There is a
nine inch height differential in this match, but this is the spot
where a good little one can be a big one. You see people of all sorts of
shapes and size is doing well and she makes up for it because she has
got incredible footwork. She is able to keep herself on the baseline and
she does not allow herself to be bossed by others. She likes doing
the bossing herself. The weight of serve from a big serve, taking the
ball out wide, she has not got the levers to get to that ball and
Pliskova might be able to exploit that. She might not be able to get
it, but in terms of explosiveness and have ability to get around the
court, she makes up for it. When we get into the rallies, Cibulkova can
match her in terms of pace off the forehand.
It started off as a bruise and I am not quite sure on the Richter scale
what the next one above breezes, but this is just about the strongest
when the players have had to play an all week. How will that impact on
the players? It is expected. Yesterday conditions were not easy
and both had to play two matches. Today, coming out fresh and ready
for a final, they will be buzzing. The adrenaline will be high. They
both have the ability to hit through the wind. Footwork will be even more
important, making sure your indirect possession, and not off-balance. The
players are being announced onto court. Let's bring on the players
and make them feel very welcome. First of all, representing Slovakia,
Dominika Cibulkova. And her opponent, representing the
Czech Republic, please welcome Karolina Pliskova.
Perhaps you can see from their facial expression is the difference
in characters and personalities. Cibulkova is such an ebullient
person and she is here to enjoy herself. I am sure she fancies her
chances today. They have played once before, they know each other's game
inside out. It was two years ago they last played, an hard court. All
to play for, it is a final. Another final for both players and it will
be a fascinating match. It has been a difficult week, as have the last
few weeks in British tennis, because of scheduling and weather delays. It
is draining, not in terms of the physical effort, but about, when
shall I go back to the Mattel, shall I stay at the venue? Might a who has
the most left in the time? It is a final and these two women will give
it everything. Both of them have lots left in the tank. Yesterday was
trading. They have experienced it before, earlier this year and
throughout their careers. They know each other's game inside out.
Yesterday I saw them practising with each other. I think it will be
highly competitive. It is pretty much the same as every day. You can
see the difference in the stature of the two players. They will begin the
knock up soon. Pliskova on in Nottingham a few weeks ago. Having
experienced a final and then victory, it will give her the edge
today as well? Maybe a slight edge for Cibulkova. This is her first
grass court match the season. She has had a good run. You would say
that Pliskova is maybe the slight favourite on paper. She is a little
higher in the rankings. I would not rule out Cibulkova. She has been at
this stage of the tournament many times. She is feeling confident
about her tennis. With her attitude, anything is possible. Looking at the
picture of the two them at the net, and there are lots of young people
in the crowd today, which will not surprise you, the reputation that
Eastbourne has. -- which may surprise you. It offers massive
encouragement to teenagers who are told, you're not the right size to
play tennis. You can play at the highest level, and you do not have
to be six feet tall. She is a massive role model. She is massive
encouragement to everyone and anyone. If you have got the guts and
the talent, you can make it as well. Yes, and she has got a massive
heart. We talk about her energy and spirit. Honestly, for me she is one
of my favourite players to watch. She maximises everything. And as
someone who is not particularly tall, she does not play defensively,
she attacks. She will link to get the first big strike in before her
opponent in today's match. She has absolutely no fear. She is very
vocal. She is often shouting at herself. She always strikes me as
the kind of player that could get under her opponent's skin, if you
allowed it to happen. She could do. She shouts a lot. The Slovakian
four, come on. In between points, she does not stop moving. You watch.
Is exhausting. She never stops moving. If you have not seen her
play before and you are wondering what Anne was alluding to, it you
will notice during the course of the game... She is announced to the
crowd. That is the applause for her. She smells the balls before she
serves. She was telling us in an interview that she has such
sensitive nostrils she can differentiate between all the balls
at the different grand slam events. She can tell on me cold ball from
another. She is a woman of many skills. -- one ball. Watching at
home or her two Yorkshire terriers, they are called Woody Allen and Mia
Farrow. Because of quarantine regulations, they are not allowed
into this country to watch her play. She has taken them around the world,
to Central America and Africa to watch her play. This is the only
tournament, and Wimbledon next week, that they do not attend. I do not
think they come to court side. It is one of the reasons why she does not
start her grass court season too early. She just comes over for
Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Her Wimbledon first-round match is not
until Tuesday. She will have 72 hours to recover. The enormous
mental involvement required in this, to go through the week, you do not
want immediately beyond court at 11 o'clock on Monday morning, in
perhaps the biggest tournament in the world. No, but her opponent
could be, because Pliskova is in the bottom half of the draw, which
starts on Monday. It is not easy to recover. It is a short space of
time. Both players will be high on adrenaline going into Wimbledon,
full of confidence knowing they have lots of matches under their belt and
lots of victories. We can bring in Sam Smith, who will be commentating
on the match. How are you? Good afternoon. You have a great view. We
have become ancestral histories and is this summer, and you have a great
view of the clouds coming in from the sea. Do they worry you? No. The
wind has gone off the Beaufort scale. I do not know if you could
see them warming up, but they were trying to give each other some
blogs, smashes, and they were not able to do it because the ball was
moving so much in the air. Hopefully the wind will move the clothes back
towards the Downs and we will be right. This is the world number 21
against the number 17. Who do you think is favourite? The bookmakers
make Pliskova the strong favourite, possibly because of the way that she
finished against Johanna Konta yesterday. Her service is something
else. And sums categories and statistics, it is better than Serena
Williams'. That is where she is. We call her the Czech ace machine.
Playing on grass, it is a massive advantage. It plays into her hands.
She looked fabulous in the semifinal. This is the final chapter
being written on Eastbourne 2016. It has been a good tournament, with
lots of competitive 3-set encounters. It has shown women's
tennis and a good light. Yes, we had six former champions in the draw.
The big names did not come through, but it did not matter. Women's
tennis has far more strength in depth and the crowds have had a
treat. This is one of the best tournaments in women's tennis on the
tour. The women do not played to packed houses like this week in and
week out. That is what they have done a Devonshire Park. I am not
sure if all the women realise that, but it is a point worth making. Anne
Keothavong has left me at courtside to join Sam. Here we go with the
final of Eastbourne, 2016. The 42nd final and we have a Slovak against
the Czech. Dominika did not want to take a
backward step. She won the toss and elected to serve. Seeing someone 25
centimetres tall than her at the other end is like a red rag to a
bill. She always feels like the underdog.
Both women a little down on their highest ever rankings. Pliskova was
in the top ten last summer. She peaked at number seven. Cibulkova
broke into the top ten a couple of years ago but has slipped back since
then. The fourth final of the year for
Dominika. It has helped push ranking up from just inside the world's top
40. She had lots of problems last year.
Sometimes she gets a little too pumped up. Very difficult serving
conditions. The wind is right behind her, blowing over her left shoulder,
from left to right. Image problems for the Slovak. -- problem
straightaway. The ball moving all over the place.
It is Pliskova with the good start in this final. There has never been
a Slovak winner. There have been numerous Czech winners over the
years. The last one was almost 20 years ago, Jana Novotna beating
Arantxa Sanchez the carrier. There are the 11 victories of Martina
Navratilova. There is a real honour roll of
fantastic Czech players. They have always produced so many from this
part of the world. She has had very few double faults
this week. She does not make many doubles anyway. Anne, you were down
at courtside a few minutes ago. There is her coach. It is a
difficult day. It is blowing a gale. it looks like this might end up
being the more difficult end. You are at courtside, is it difficult
and there? Yes, it is, windier than yesterday.
My goodness, you can see the way the ball kept moving away from
Cibulkova. My goodness, three doubles in the
game. I think that tells you all we need to know about the conditions
out here from one of the best servers in the women's game. If her
serve is taken out of the equation, we have a very different match. Yes,
we do. The wind is a great leveller. It should even things out just a
bit. Well played. It Pliskova continues
to struggle on her own service games, you have got to fancy
Cibulkova for the title. Once again in the rallies she is the one with
the better footwork and she can make the adjustment steps in these
conditions and get herself in the right position.
If Cibulkova directs everything to Central and the middle of the court,
she has got the strokes to really make life difficult for her.
Caerphilly does it from Pliskova. -- carefully.
Nicely done, had a little bit of help from the net. But she is at the
right end of the court to play this drop shot. Yes, it has been a nice
add on to her baseline game. Cibulkova becomes the first player
to hold here. Always a lot to talk about this time
of the year. You can get in touch with us and we would love to hear
what you think about all things across this grass court season.
Wimbledon starts on Monday morning. How quickly it has come around. In
that last game I was concerned that Cibulkova would blow away. I wanted
to put some stones in her pockets to keep at ground level. I noticed a
few seagulls have taken to Wapping as well, that is always a sign that
it is not completely ridiculous out there. Although they have decided it
is safe to become airborne again! They both know what it is like. This
is only their second major appearance here at Eastbourne and
they know the situation. What are the golden rules for playing in
these conditions? In windy conditions do not stop moving your
feet. You always have to make adjustment steps on grass, but even
more so when the conditions are like they are today. The wind is keeping
those clouds away, blowing them over to the South Downs to the top left
of your picture. And uncomfortable style I would say to this final.
You will see a lot of the fist pumps from Cibulkova. There is always
interaction between her and her team as well.
Well, I am not sure about being chilled out here. She was telling us
yesterday after her semifinal that she did not want to care too much. I
think she is super pumped. If she ever not super pumped? I have never
known her not to be. Head coach has got his head in his hands. He has
been with her long-time, a fellow Slovak. Also there is her trainer
and her fiance. A very happy camper. Well, the woman who has been barely
broken this week is not yet able to hold in this final. I cannot see her
being perturbed. There is something so laid back about Karolina
Pliskova, you feel that she is almost ready to wander off and lie
down. When she explodes she really goes for it and it is the racket
that takes a bit of a hammering. I think she managed to crack one after
the first set against Johanna Konta yesterday.
He was also the Slovak Fed cup captain.
A very smart shot from Cibulkova. She uses the slice backhand so much
better now, whether she is defending or using it for a drop shot. Just to
change up the pace, something that was not part of her game when she
first came on tour. Making the most of her long levers
right there. A really smart move to coming fairly centrally. That is
where she ended. It drifted over to Cibulkova's backhand side. Both
players having to adapt. -- where she aimed it.
Just wide. Four breaks of serve in the opening five games of this
final. She did this yesterday. She went
very early. This man has taken her from a very good junior, one of the
best in the world, into the world's top ten.
UMPIRE: Time. Something we have had on the tour for a number of years
now. You are allowed your coach on pretty much once every set. You can
have them on again if your opponent has an injury time-out or goes for a
bathroom break. It is about once each side. These two use it very
well. -- each set. Maybe they are both now resorting to plan B.
Interesting seeing the coach coming on. He is an extrovert,
superintendent, in great contrast to Karolina. She is very relaxed and
chilled out about sings, -- about things, maybe too composed. He
provides that intensity and tells her to get going. Yes, and often she
responds well. They have had a successful partnership. Pliskova
broke into the world's top ten for the very first time last summer. Why
do you think she has slipped back? She is currently at number 17. Last
year was a real breakthrough year for Pliskova. So much has been
expected of her for so long, she was a successful junior, she did not
make a massive impact when she first came on tour. I think it is just
getting used to playing at that high level every week. It is all good and
well doing it for a year or a couple of months, but you have got to back
it up the following year against. When you think of all those points
to defend, it comes around quickly, and that adds pressure. Smart play
from the Slovak, and can you believe this? The chance to break for the
third service game in a row. Against one of the best servers in women's
tennis. Pliskova was only broken once in her
match yesterday against Konta. -- let, first service. Under
pressure, that is her go to serve on the flat side. Out wide.
My goodness. The main thing is, is she OK? She took an ASCII slip in
the early part of that point. She did turn her ankle. She was OK.
Immediately weight-bearing. That can rattle you. It happened to Johanna
Konta in the semifinals yesterday. We are back at deuce.
It was the right shot to play. You have got to take conditions into
consideration and give yourself that more margin than usual.
That is a great response to being broken in the opening two service
game. And the Czech levels it. At the moment, it is a rather
strange affair. Neither is playing Phil out. Both are being rather
circumspect. They are taking the conditions into consideration.
She really launched herself into that forehand, didn't she? Both feet
off the ground. Everything into that shot.
She gets a little extra help by using a slightly longer than regular
racket. She tells me it is five millimetres longer than the standard
frame. She tried on seven millimetres longer but that was not
quite right. She knows her tennis frames.
I think I could do with an extra long racket these days. Tudur? Just
to help me get my racket to the ball. I cannot really move so much.
That is a really good response from Karolina Pliskova.
An interesting personality, Karolina Pliskova. The most animated you will
see how is when she's talking about her twin sister, who was born just a
couple of minutes before she was. They are very close, they are
constantly in contact. These days, it is wonderful with the phones,
Skype, and they are super close. They have confessed in their younger
days to switching boyfriends. I do not think they are the only set of
identical twins to have done that. They are fun. Tennis has pretty much
been 84 those two since four years of age. They grew up about one
strive north of pride. It is a pretty handy spot to play tennis,
pride. There they are, I am not sure who is which. I think that is the
sister and rewrite. I cannot tell the difference. When they are next
to each other, I am never quite sure, but apparently you can see a
difference in their noses, or their tatties. Or the tennis rackets.
Carolyn is right-handed, bought her sister is left-handed. When the play
doubles together, they are both six foot plus tall. They are pretty
formidable. After a shaky start, she seems to have found her way.
Not quite getting the balance right, Cibulkova, keeping those unforced
errors down. His attempt of a drop shot from
Pliskova was not exactly the best. Too much air time on it.
Big strikes of both wings for Cibulkova, but that forehand is
deadly and pretty astute tactically as well, publishing away to the
forehand of the check. It is another break point.
'S breaks in the opening eight games. I am not sure that was in the
script. We should not be too surprised given the conditions. I do
not want to keep banging on about it, but it is so tough to control
down there on the court and the wind is swirling as well. I wonder how
mentally Pliskova will cope with that because she is not used to her
serve being broken. Certainly three times in a match, but not three
times in a set. UMPIRE: Miss Pliskova has challenged
the call. The call stands. Miss Pliskova has two challenges
remaining. On full stretch on the backhand. She
loves those lines. All or nothing. She likes to take some risks and
catches a lot of opponents out with those down the line balls.
She makes some mistakes, but you never see her get down on herself.
Well, she has got the firepower, but has she got the control? Those
leggings are proving very useful actually as a substitute for a ball
pocket. Really well worked by Cibulkova. And
she hits the front once more in this opening set.
I feel like it has been a momentum this set. Nobody has really grabbed
hold of it in this opening 40 plus minutes. What do you feel might make
the difference out here? With both players you know what you are going
to get, they are not going to deviate too much from the game plan
or their style of play. You will not see either player charged forward
any time soon, but I think this first set is huge in terms of
confidence and momentum. It is a final. Neither have particularly
good records in finals. Cibulkova has won five titles from 14
attempts. And for Pliskova it is five from 13 finals. I wonder if
that will get in the way for both of them. You feel Cibulkova should a
prolific winner. It is the second meeting between these two. Cibulkova
won a couple of years ago in different conditions on hard in
Kuala Lumpur, but it took her three sets to do it, having won the
opener. You feel the scripts are being ripped up every couple of
minutes in this Eastbourne final. Pliskova broken three times find
herself serving to stay in this first set.
So many of the players who have faced Pliskova have talked about how
her first serve explodes off the court, in a similar fashion to that
of Venus Williams. In terms of speed it might not be
the fastest on tour, but it is generally pretty accurate. Also she
makes the most of her height because of the way it bounces up, it really
gets up. And that is the most convincing
service game we have seen from either player so far. Pliskova
levelling up in style. She seems to keep the ball on the
racket strings for such a long time. That is something you cannot teach,
good timing. Everything about her game looks very effortless.
We have seen better drop shots this week from Cibulkova. Pliskova might
not be the pastors, but she got to that won with ease.
That is a better one. Much better. More backspin on this drop shot from
Cibulkova. It just dives at the front of the court. This Court has
hardened up beautifully over the course of the week, but it is still
quite soft. Great battling staff from Cibulkova.
She answers a lot of service game with a strong one of her own. This
final will have nothing to do with forehands or backhands, it will be
all about great, and being rugged and tough, dealing with whatever
comes your way. It is a big test for these two, right on the eve of
Wimbledon. I wonder how difficult it is for her, being tall, having such
a beginning, like Petra Kvitova, she is only a year or two younger. She
is like the next one in the production line. In some ways, there
are games are quite similar, although one is left handed and one
is right-handed. In terms of what they're trying to achieve, big
serves, big strikes from both wings, all-out attacking game, she is
someone who very much legs up to Petra Kvitova. As do lots of young
Czech players. She has been a good friend, Fed Cup team-mates. They
produce lots of tennis players in that part of the world. Not quite so
many in the Slovak Republic. They have three in the world's top 100.
They usually have more than that. Cibulkova is by far of the best of
them. For many years we had a top five player in the world. So,
Pliskova is serving to stay in this opening set.
That was never going in and a month of Sundays. I do not think it was a
shot she wanted to play. The ball kept moving away from her, and she
struggled to control it on her racket.
I think Pliskova should have been running as soon as she hit the
slice. That was the obvious short for Cibulkova. Two said points for
the Slovak. -- set points. Pliskova is broken
for a fourth time, and Cibulkova wraps up the opening set, 7-5.
What an extraordinary first set of their band floor. Also, ebb and flow
above was in the skies. The blue sky has been usurped by Gray. We are
told there may be rain on the way, which is rather dispiriting, in
about half an hour. Let's hope they are wrong and we get on and
corrupted played to the close of the final. It is engrossing, so far. On
Monday, Wimbledon and this is where the British players will be in
action over the first two days. On Monday and Schuster, the bottom half
on top hearts will play. Heather Watson and her opponent are very
close in the rankings. Broady will play the 17 seed. Laura Robson has
had terrible injury troubles over the last couple of years. She will
play the champion from Australia earlier this year. And now the men.
Andy Murray, another match against a British player. That is after a
decade without playing any. James Ward is playing someone!
Marcus Willis has come through qualifying. He came through
prequalifying. He is ranked in the 760s in the world. The lowest ranked
player to play at Wimbledon in 60 years. It all starts on Monday.
We thought the conditions might have an impact. There is no doubt they
have affected Karolina Pliskova, one of the great servers in women's
tennis. Really struggling in that apartment in the first set. It is
advantage to the busy and bustling Dominika Cibulkova, looking for her
second title of the year. And her first on grass. The Slovak. This
second set. -- Slovak will start this second
set. This has been a really good pattern
of play for Cibulkova, Pilling Pliskova over to the backhand and
going straight down the line. It has worked a treat so far.
If the result was being decided by how much these two are not moving
their feet, you would hand the trophy to Cibulkova. You said
earlier, that is the number-1 thing you have got to do in these. Yes.
She has just put it wide. When it comes to footwork and intensity,
this woman has it all. Another loose one from Pliskova.
Cibulkova does not waste much time seeing, thank you very much. She
puts in a really good hold at the start of the second set. I
understand you have played both the Pliskova sisters in the first round
and the second round. You kept that quiet. It was a few years ago in
Nottingham. I had to play Karolina first. I managed to beat her on a
grass court and then I had to play her twin. That match was moved
indoors, so I managed to win that one as well, would you believe? I
have had to play Karolina and beat her a few times, but she is a much
better player these days. Very modest.
The Pliskova sisters both came on as teenagers. People did not expect so
much from Karolina as her sister. Karolina's Twain is a pretty
dangerous player herself, but when it comes to work ethic, I would give
Karolina the edge. That is usually what it comes down to.
That is what she does so well. It is the perfect 1-2. I am amazed she has
not used that pattern of play more in this match.
It is great to see the way that she has embraced the grass court season.
The champion in Nottingham a few weeks ago. She actually won the
doubles at Edgbaston last week. She went out early in the singles. She
has been playing for five weeks on grass, potentially. That is a big
chunk of the season. That is where a few little
adjustment steps could really help Pliskova. You can see her running
just straight into that ball. So all rather peaceful in this
second set compared to how the match open. You have got the Wimbledon
draw and it starts on Monday. Cibulkova, seeded 19, plays somebody
in the top half and that will be on Tuesday. That looks pretty stiff.
Lucic Baroni was not well this week, but I hope she is OK. I am sure not
all of those names will come through. She is in the bottom half,
Pliskova, and she will play on Monday against the Belgian. That
section is packed with big names. Simona Halep has not been in the
greatest form recently. Then there is the French Open champion and then
looming large is the defending champion Serena Williams. She is
currently enjoying her 298 week as the world number one. She is still
the boss. Now, who will be the boss of this one?
Not much time for these women to recover before Wimbledon. But it is
a good thing, though. Immediately after this match, after they have
fulfilled their media commitments, they will be in a car on their way
to Wimbledon. Yes, they will have already rented apartments and houses
close to the cause. Christina has probably got the milk and the pasta
in and how is that all organised. You would hope so!
I would imagine tomorrow would not be a complete rest day for either of
these two players. They do not get to plan the match courts, which
players do today. You cannot do it on Sunday. You only get half an hour
on Saturday, but it is pretty important. The grass is kept longer
on the match cause and has not had all the play like the practice
courts. This could be a vital moment here.
Oh, well done. And it gets Cibulkova who makes the first move in this
second set. We have never had a Slovak winner
here at Devonshire Park. There is a way to go yet, plenty of tennis
still in this second set, but the force is with Cibulkova. She could
be super popular. This is the 42nd year of this event and there have
been so many great campaigns like Navratilova, Virginia Wade. Chris
Evert, the first champion in the inaugural year of this event. It is
fascinating that there are posters of all the great champions in the
players area and they realise this is a very good tournament to have on
your CV and they understand the history of it.
One of the longest rallies of the match, but you can see how bonne
rubble Pliskova is when she is pulled out wide to her forehand
side. Not explosive enough with her footwork to get behind the ball.
What is worrying is we were talking about that stretch and attempted
squash shot two or three years ago and she still has not found a way to
be explosive out of that corner. That is why she possibly could not
hold in that top ten position. A bit of weakness there.
I think she knows. I do not think this is going to be a very
successful challenge for Cibulkova. I almost feel the two square metre
area in that corner. Why play there? That is your no-go zone in these
conditions from the end of the court that she is and when the wind is
going that way. It is probably about a two metre drift, so if you aim
your ball at the centre it will end up halfway to the line. You almost
need to aim in the middle of that service box and then it is still
dicey. Temptations! Now, what she has done in this match
is she has kept the loose once to a minimum, but there is a slight
stuttering here. A second chance to break in this game for Pliskova.
Well done. Great depth from Cibulkova on those strikes. She is
really keeping Pliskova pinned back behind the baseline here.
That is how you take the ball on the rise as well.
You do not need to know how Cibulkova is failing. She is
potentially within two games of her first title. She extends her lead in
some fashion. Gutsy, feisty, determined.
That was some talking to. He brings plenty of intensity. We would love
to translate it for you. Apparently he has told her to just
keep playing your game, but two breaks of serve, you can break her.
Believe in yourself. She came back from the shots. It was rather remiss
of her to go out when we need her. On the telly. It is one break of
serve, and every chance to come back into this match.
She definitely needed a pep talk. That is what her coach brings.
There is always a positive response when she has had her coach on. The
pressure thrown right back on Cibulkova. She could probably do
with someone courtside at every change of ends. It is the missing
ingredient with her. A really slick service game there, though. Now we
will see if the Slovak can hold her nerve.
This is a great effort and hustle from Cibulkova. Just that bit too
much. You have got to admire her effort to chase every single ball
down. Wow. Virtually on her knees for the
first backhand. That was the first twitchy shot we
have seen from Cibulkova. Pliskova with two chances to get back on
serve in the second set. She saved two break points in her
last service game, two more there. Time is running out for Pliskova if
she cannot convert. The second serve return. It was
there for her to go after. Again, footwork and intensity cost.
You can here the effort from Cibulkova. Quite often when players
start really grunting, that is a sign of stress. Do not forget, she
has only won five titles in her career, from 14 finals. You would
have thought she would have been more prolific winner. The resulting
in there. -- there is something psychological in there.
Break points stone, but Cibulkova does not back off.
There was no call. Maybe the lens man was having a goal was. It was a
long way out. You can understand Cibulkova having a look. It does not
happen very often, when there is no call. I think the line judge a have
nodded off. She really does stay down so low,
keeps her racket through the shot. Just as you would expect, as
resilient as ever. She has already fended off four break points in this
vital game. It is turning into an almost ten minute game.
On we go, it is the sixth deuce. The heart of the match right here.
Yes, that might be enough for Cibulkova. She knows it as well. She
may not have to shout much more before the end of this match. The
great thing about Dominika, she has her own clothing line in Slovakia,
she does what she says and the ten. Every time she comes out on court,
she gives the maximum, 100% energy, commitment, focus. Lots of players
can talk about that, but trying to do it year in, year out, it is
incredible. It is. She is 27 years of age. She has been on tour for a
long time. She absolutely loves it. She loves life on tour. She has a
tight-knit team. Her coach and fiance are they that pretty much all
the tournaments. They never seem to uptight, that band. They are pretty
chilled. Yes, I saw them together before this match and they were
chilling out on the sofas, laughing at whatever was on their iPad or
phones. They all seem to get on so well. The are all good guys. -- they
are all good. They support her and by corrupt. Why wouldn't you? She
must be a dream to coach. She had a big operation on her Achilles last
year. She was out for four months. She came back for her first
tournament in Eastbourne. I do not think she could have dreamt of this.
Pliskova has got to be right with this challenge. If she is not, she
loses the point. It is very close. She is right! Good challenge. It
gives her a cushion in this game. Surely she has to make Cibulkova
serve it out. Cibulkova would love to break here
instead of trying to serve this match out. I am looking at the flags
at the northern end of the court were Pliskova is serving now. The
wind has dropped. One of the problems for her has been the
condition. It has really hurt her serving. If she can just hold, you
never know. It is one break. Good control from Cibulkova, did not
rush anything. You may be right, Annie, a big
investment in this game so she does not have to go through the trauma of
trying to serve it out. I do not think she is going to
challenge. She has only got one left.
Just as well she did not. The serve is back and now the wind has dropped
they are playing in completely different conditions now. Can
Cibulkova serve it out? One of the few times today she has
put it together. It is a case of what might have been for Karolina
Pliskova. UMPIRE: Miss Cibulkova has
challenged the ball. Long. I am with you. No challenges left. But one
championship point remains. That is it! There is no one quite
like her. Dominika Cibulkova is the Eastbourne champion. What a
wonderful reaction. You can see how much it means to her. She absolutely
deserved the title of this week. She has brought so much energy on to the
court. Her biggest title this year. It has been a fantastic week. Her
first grass court title of her career.
Well, they have had a treat this week. Whatever session they have had
on Centre Court the women have played to packed houses. Dominika
Cibulkova joined a very special honour roll here. The first Slovak
champion, she will get her picture in the gallery at the back of this
court. And it really is a team effort these days. Her second title
from her fourth final this season. Pliskova could not pick up after the
win she had in Nottingham, but she goes into the Wimbledon
Championships in fine form and she is one of the danger women from the
second tier of players. That is only a couple of days away.
I would like to bring the presentation party onto court. The
director of customer value management. A board member of the
world tennis Association. Annie, a few words from you to sum
up. She has just brought so much onto court. If every single match
this week she has invested so much. After such a tough day yesterday
with two matches which she had to play and win, she thoroughly
deserves this moment. Of course the rain is going to stay away. Tough
conditions for both to play in. Very windy. Please, show your
appreciation for Karolina Pliskova. She beat Britain was at number one
Johanna Konta in the semis. She has had a wonderful week. We will
present some champagne to the losing finalist and she will now have her
champagne moment. The runners-up trophy will be presented, along with
the prize money of $70,550. One of the directors.
Aegon is such an important sponsor for this grass court series. Now it
is time to celebrate our champion. Please welcome dominate the Siebel
Clover. A special week for her. She is so popular on the tour. That win
over Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals was something special.
And now dominate car has her champagne moment. The prize fund is
$132,550. Mark will step forward and present the 2016 Aegon International
Trophy to Dominika Cibulkova. The first grass court title for Dominika
Cibulkova. And who knows what awaits her over the next fortnight. Now
John Nvidia will conduct the interviews. Dominica, many
congratulations. Just how happy are you? It is very hard to describe.
This is my best week on grass and they feel it has just happened and I
was playing really well today and the conditions were really hard for
me and for my opponent. It was a great week for me and you guys are
awesome and I love playing here. This is my second time here and I am
going to come here for many years. We saw on the final point your
reaction and the reaction of your coaching team. How much do you owe
them? My team is to me everything. I would not be standing here without
them. Tennis is not a team game, but you need to have your team around
you to be 100% ready and they made me ready and our work has paid off,
so that is the best thing. It takes two people to make a great final and
if we could ask Karolina to come in for a couple of moments. A round of
applause, please. Congratulations, hard luck today, but you won at
Nottingham and have been runner-up at Eastbourne, so you must have had
a good grass court season so far. I am happy with the way I played this
year on grass and there is Wimbledon coming and I want to do better even
there. I have got one title, so it is not that bad. How excited are you
about Wimbledon next week? You must go there with a lot of confidence.
Definitely, I wanted to play as many matches as I could be for Wimbledon
and I will rest a little bit and I am ready for Wimbledon. Thank you
very much for your contribution to the Eastbourne week. To finish off,
tennis fans have been used to Rafael Nadal shouting something over the
time and you shout something which is Slovakian, does that mean come
on! Yes, we say it from where I come from. It reminds me. One last thing,
it is sometimes difficult in international sport, it is a very
serious business, but it seems as if you are having fun and you give so
much fun to ask and you bring so much extra to the women's tour and
you are very much yourself and everybody has warmed to you this
week because of that. How proud I you of that? Thank you, guys. That
is something you have inside and that is how I am and this is how I
am and I am glad that people like it. That trophy has got Navratilova,
Chris Evert and now it has got you. They told me that Navratilova won 11
times. I thought it would be good to win it once and here it is, so I am
happy. She is very happy and we are very happy today and it was a great
match to round off this week's tennis. Thank you to Karolina
Pliskova and our winner this year, Dominika Cibulkova.
A special champion. It means so much to her. She really has entertained
the fans this week, as she does all over the world. Everyone falls in
love with her. A good week for Pliskova as well.
Both will be dangerous at Wimbledon next week, both will be seeded.
Maybe not the best final that we have ever had that Devonshire Park,
but I really strong one. Difficult conditions for both of them, but it
was Cibulkova who manage them far better.
The sun stayed with us all afternoon. It is glorious now. That
is a beaming smile tour on Ofwat has been a really good week's tennis at
Eastbourne. Paying that kind of tennis, Anne, no one is going to
fancy meeting her at Wimbledon. No, she will be a dangerous player.
Unfortunately for Johanna Konta, she is in the same section. There is a
potential third-round meeting. She will be full of confidence and high
on adrenaline. Some made the point that wherever she plays in the
world, because of the way that she engages with the crowd, the crowd on
tour. She is a massive asset to the women's tour. Yes, she has such an
infectious personality, how can you not want to? She is like that on and
off the Eastbourne, a brilliant goal to be around. You have mentioned Jo
Konta once already. She has had a great run at Eastbourne, her
hometown. There will be so much publicity over the next 48 hours
about her being the first British seed at Wimbledon in the women's
draw more than 30 years. How do you think she will approach Wimbledon of
the back of this week? Is she on an upward curve? For sure. She has had
good results this week. She will take confidence from that. The next
few weeks will be a whole new experience for her in terms of being
in the limelight, having to fulfil media obligations, talking to people
that perhaps were never interested in her. She is learning, she will be
going through her process and trying to manage the situation as best she
can. She has a great team around her and they will help her. Trina
Shearer, thank you for being with us all week. It feels like the height
of summer. Their Israel warmth coming from the orb in the sky. Here
are details of programmes coming up. -- there is real warmth. You can
follow it on so many platforms, it is not true. There is no skip from
Wimbledon once it starts on Monday morning. We have had a fantastic
couple of weeks, with Andy Murray winning at Queen's last week. This
final has set us in just the right frame of mind with Wimbledon
starting on Monday morning. From all of us here, with the sun beating
down, thanks for watching over the last couple of days. With all the
thunderstorms, we got there in the end.