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Radwanska wins Eastbourne final
Polish 19-year-old wins the biggest prize of her career at the Wimbledon warm-up.
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2008 15:38 GMT
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is in good form heading into Wimbledon [GALLO/GETTY] 

Agnieszka Radwanska, Polish teenager, won the biggest prize of her career when she beat Russia's Nadia Petrova in an evenly matched final at the Eastbourne International tournament.

Radwanska, tournament fourth seed, triumphed 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 in a final that took two hours and 37 minutes to complete at the grass court Wimbledon warm-up event.

Petrova, seeded eighth, saved three match points to take the second set to a tiebreak which she won 13-11 after recovering from being 4-1 down.

Both players took time out for medical treatment during the deciding set, Radwanska for cramp and Petrova for a hip problem, which went with serve until the ninth game.

Petrova, rattled by line rulings against her in the previous game, saved one break point but put a forehand long on the second to leave the 19-year-old Radwanska serving for the title and the first prize of $95,500.

Petrova, world number 22, called for her coach on court at the changeover, her fourth consultation of the match, before putting a backhand into the net to give Radwanska, a former Wimbledon and French Open junior champion, her first Tier II title on the WTA Tour.

Radwanska, ranked 14th and the first Polish woman in the world top 20, had a difficult tournament, playing twice in one day on Friday after her second-round match could not be completed late on Thursday.

No rest for Radwanska

"I am exhausted after all these matches," Radwanska told a news conference.

"The bad thing is that I am playing on Monday [at Wimbledon] so I won't have any time to rest."

Radwanska plays Czech Iveta Benesova in the first round at Wimbledon, where her younger sister Urszula, last year's Wimbledon junior champion, has been given a wild-card entry into the main draw.

The older Radwanska said her father Robert, who is also her coach, had found Saturday nerve-racking.

"Sometimes he was too nervous to watch so he was in the players' lounge," she said.

Petrova, who said she had strapped up her right knee as a precaution after suffering a ligament strain before the tournament, blamed herself for losing, saying: "I didn't stay as focused as I had to at the important moments."

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