Andy Roddick and Tamira Paszek captured the last of the grass court warm-up tournaments before Wimbledon begins on Monday. Roddick and Paszek won the AEGON International at Eastbourne, England on Saturday.
Roddick defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 for the title while Paszek rallied from five match points down to win 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 over Angelique Kerber.
For Roddick it’s his 31st career tournament win and his 12th straight year that he’s won at least one tournament.
“I don’t remember the last time I got broken twice and won 3 and 2,” Roddick said. “I felt real good. My returns this week were close to as well as I have. I was able to close well. I started off not serving great and then made an adjustment. I think I served 90 per cent in the second set, which is a pretty strong number, especially given the conditions.
“The thing that makes sports great is there is no script. You can draw it up, and it rarely works out the way this week has. I think, as I’ve gotten older, I guess I’ve learned to appreciate this a little bit more… I went from a six-match losing streak to all of a sudden winning a tournament. It is a 180-degree turnaround.
“I wanted to keep alive winning one tournament a year for 12 years. I know three or four people have done that. I need to remind myself of those numbers just to [remember] this is a what-did-you-do-last-week-type sport? So looking back on that, maybe I need to look at those a little bit more and realize that I’ve done this for a long time pretty well.”
For Paszek, it’s her third WTA title of her career and her first at a Premier-level tournament.
“I don’t know what kept me going, how I kept going,” said the Austrian. “I was dead tired in the third set. I could hardly move. I just gave all I had left, and it was just enough. The feelings, I cannot describe them. I was sitting on the couch at home a week ago, drive from Birmingham, played a horrible match there, no confidence. I was like, ‘Just try to get at least one win under your belt before Wimbledon.’”
“Tamira was playing very well in the important moments, and also when I had the match points, so I couldn’t do anything,” Kerber said. ” Well done to her. It’s okay, though. It was a great practice week. I had a lot of great matches, so now I’m ready for Wimbledon. Okay I lost today, but still I was in the final. And it was a good match. I did everything I could today, she was just better.”