Jelena Ostapenko wins the Birmingham Classic over Barbora Krejcikova.

In a match between the top two seeds, Ostapenko held her nerve to win 7-6 (10-8) 6-4.

“It’s great preparation for Wimbledon, and I’m happy with the way I’m playing,” Latvian added.

Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, defeated Donna Vekic 6-2 7-6 (8-6) to win the German Open.

The 33-year-old Czech, who also defeated Croatian Vekic en route to the victory in Miami this year, cruised through the opening set before falling behind a break in the second.

She rallied from 5-3 down to 6-5 as Vekic, who has risen from 69th to 23rd in the rankings this season after reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals and winning the Monterrey championship, forced a tie-break, but a powerful Kvitova forehand secured the match at the first attempt.

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Ostapenko is ‘getting ready for Wimbledon’.
Until her straight-sets victory over 2021 French Open winner Krejcikova, Ostapenko, 26, had needed three sets to win all of her matches at the tournament.

“I’ve played five great matches, and this was the only one in two sets, so I’m happy to come through,” Ostapenko, who won at Roland Garros in 2017, said.

After neither player dropped serve in the first set, it took Ostapenko four match points in the tie-break to take the lead, having saved one from Krejcikova.

The Australian Open quarter-finalist then appeared to be on her way to an easy victory, racing to a 5-1 lead in the second set.

But Krejcikova, who was playing her maiden grass-court final, appeared to be on her way to a comeback when she cut the lead to 5-4 before Ostapenko served out the match at the second time of asking to win the title.

Krejcikova had flown into the final without dropping a set, and her performance in Birmingham ensured she would return to the world’s top 10 for the first time since last year when the rankings were released this week.

“There are still a couple of things I can do to get ready for Wimbledon,” Ostapenko explained.

“There isn’t much time to celebrate because Eastbourne starts tomorrow.” I’ll probably go out to dinner with my staff to celebrate, but that’s about it.”

Ostapenko won the title at Eastbourne in 2021 and will use this momentum to encourage a solid run at Wimbledon, which starts on 3 July. Her best Grand Slam run was in 2018, when she reached the semi-finals.

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