Radwanska wins at Eastbourne
Lengthy battle sees Polish teenager claim her biggest victory to date
Last Updated: 21/06/08 4:01pm
Radwanska: Eastbourne win
Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska was delighted after registering the biggest victory of her burgeoning career by defeating Nadia Petrova in the International Women's Open at Eastbourne.
A lengthy 2hr 37min battle resulted in the fourth seed defeating her Russian opponent 6-4 6-7 6-4 in 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.
Both finalists then took time out for medical treatment in the deciding set which went with serve until the ninth game.
Petrova saved another match point with the help of the net cord before putting a backhand into the net to give 19-year-old Radwanska - who is seeded 14 for Wimbledon - her first Tier II title on the WTA Tour.
It was her third title of 2008 after having already won lower-tier crowns in Thailand and Turkey this year.
She joked: "I really enjoyed playing this week on centre court with the rain, the sun and the wind.
"I'm very happy that I won a big event for the first time."
Petrova was gracious in defeat, but hopes to go one better next year.
She said: "Agnieszka had the most difficult path to the final. She deserves the win.
"This is the best preparation for Wimbledon. I just want to come back next year and try to win it."