Caroline Wozniacki sees off stiff competition from Aryna Sabalenka to claim her second Eastbourne title

The top seed reigned supreme on the south coast as she sought to avenge her defeat in the final last year, in one of the tournaments that she claims is her favourite.

Having only won her maiden Grand Slam in Australia, in January, Wozniacki continued to build on her impressive form against a surprisingly strong Aryna Sabalenka who was making her debut at Eastbourne, at 20.

Sabalenka may only be ranked 45th, but she certainly gave Wozniacki a run for her money as the lead in the second-set exchanged hands frequently.

As temperatures continued to rise in Eastbourne, not even seagulls on court hinder the women's ferocious style of play.

Wozniacki showed her edge at this high level as she was able to break Sabalenka's serve in the second set when the score sat at 5-4, and stormed through to a 6-5 advantage before firing her way through the tie break.

In what will surely be a confident boost for the Dane ahead of her Wimbledon campaign, she joked that she had forgotten how heavy the trophy was to hold almost ten years after winning it for the first time.

Wozniacki said: "Wimbledon is such a special tournament and I just love playing on grass- it's my favourite surface. This is just such a special time of year."

Speaking of her opponent, she said: "I was shocked that she has played so many sets, with doubles yesterday, and she still has so much energy.

"Then I remembered she was younger than me so it all made sense."

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Sabalenka's style of play was strong, fast and stylish.

But she was incredibly gracious in defeat and speaking of Wozniacki, she said :" She's a great player and it's tough to play here against her- you have to be focused for every shot."

There's now no rest for the wicked, as they're in the bottom half of the draw for Wimbledon next week.

They will both play their first games on Monday, which will only be Sabalenka's second appearance in the tournament.

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