EASTBOURNE, England — American Madison Keys prevailed in a marathon tiebreaker Saturday to win the Eastbourne International final, beating ninth-seeded Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6 (13) for her second title at the grass-court tournament.
The WTA said it was the second longest tiebreaker of the season so far.
It was Keys’ seventh career title — and third on grass.
“I love coming and playing in Eastbourne,” Keys said. “Being able to win the title here twice now makes me have very fond memories.”
In the men’s draw, American Tommy Paul faces fourth-seeded Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in the final later Saturday. It will be a second match of the day for both players, although Paul had to spend considerably more energy in his first.
Cerundolo had to play only one game to finish off his semifinal against American Mackenzie McDonald, which was suspended when rain stopped play Friday. Cerundolo led 2-6, 7-5, 5-2 when the match was halted and quickly wrapped up the final set 6-2 when it resumed.
Second-seeded Paul then beat France’s Gregoire Barrere 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Keys wins Eastbourne women’s title; Paul, Cerundolo in men’s final