Vesnina claims Eastbourne crown

Updated: June 22, 2013


Elena Vesnina claimed her
second career WTA title with a victory over American Jamie Hampton in
Saturday’s final at the Aegon International.

Vesnina cruised past Hampton 6-2, 6-1 in windy conditions at Devonshire Park.

“It was really difficult to play today, honestly,” Vesnina said. “At the
beginning I was like, ‘Oh my God, I just need to stay in the match, just try
to play every single point. Don’t think about wind and just fight.’ It was not
about the serve, it was not about good forehands or good backhands — it was
about fighting spirit. If you’re able to handle this, if you’re able to play
under the pressure with this wind, you’ll do well.

“You always want to show the best tennis in the final, but it doesn’t matter,
a win is a win.”

The 26-year-old Vesnina improved to 2-6 in her career singles finals, with her
other victory coming earlier this year in Hobart, Australia.

The 23-year-old Hampton appeared in her first-ever WTA final.

Vesnina took home $117,000 with the victory.

Wimbledon starts on Monday. Vesnina will face Andrea Hlavackova in the first
round, while Hampton will take on fellow American Sloane Stephens.