AEGON International 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The 2014 edition of the AEGON International has become one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, and the event from Eastbourne, Great Britain, will feature both the men and women going to battle.
For many of the top players in the world, the AEGON International is the final warm-up event before Wimbledon begins on Monday, June 23. While the tennis world is already focused on the next major, the players are trying to build some momentum on the grass.
With women’s stars like Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova in the field and the men’s bracket boasting names like Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and defending tournament champion Feliciano Lopez, this will be an exciting tournament.
Another noteworthy addition to the field is Victoria Azarenka. The star women’s player suffered a foot injury early in the season and hasn’t played a competitive match since March.
When asked about her injury and accepting a wild-card bid at the AEGON International, Azarenka told SkySports.com about what the tournament means to her:
I've worked hard to rehabilitate my injury and to get fit for my return. I've played at Eastbourne three times and always enjoyed it. The grass courts are world class, which will give me the best possible start to the second half of the season, and the perfect preparation for Wimbledon.
The women’s side of the bracket just got a whole lot more interesting.
Add in a stacked men’s field preparing for one of the biggest tournaments of the year, and there's no doubt fans will be treated to several outstanding battles on both sides of the draw.
Check back here as the tournament progresses for all the updated scores, results and schedule for the entire 2014 AEGON International event.
|Seed||Men's Player||Seed||Women's Player|
|1||Richard Gasquet||1||Agnieszka Radwanska|
|2||Alexandr Dolgopolov||2||Petra Kvitova|
|3||Feliciano Lopez||3||Jelena Jankovic|
|4||Guillermo Garcia-Lopez||4||Victoria Azarenka|
|5||Ivo Karlovic||5||Angelique Kerber|
|6||Gilles Simon||6||Flavia Pennetta|
|7||Santiago Giraldo||7||Sara Errani|
|8||Federico Delbonis||8||Caroline Wozniacki|
Day 6 Results
Final: No. 3 Feliciano Lopez def. No. 1 Richard Gasquet (6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5)
Final: Madison Keys def. No. 5 Angelique Kerber (6-3, 3-6, 7-5)
Day 6 of the AEGON International featured finals in both men's and women's singles. Neither match disappointed as they both went the distance and provided tennis fans with some extremely exciting moments.
It was a particularly big day for American women's tennis as 19-year-old Madison Keys won the first WTA singles title of her career by beating favored Angelique Kerber in three sets. It would have been easy for Keys to fold after Kerber took the second set and seemed to have momentum on her side, but she never wavered.
Keys used her big serve to keep Kerber at bay and knew that she had to take the play to Kerber in order to ultimately come out on top, according to WTATennis.com.
My serve was definitely a weapon today, and it really helped me the entire time. She raised her level so much in the second set and started playing really well, and I really had to get more aggressive and not be as passive. After that second set I just went for it, and it worked today. ... I have always loved grass. To win my first title on grass is just an amazing experience.
Not only is winning this title a landmark moment in Keys' career, but it also positions her as a true threat to make some noise at Wimbledon. Keys played textbook grass-court tennis Saturday and she will be a force to be reckoned with at All England Club.
On the men's side, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez scored a minor upset as the No. 3 seed beat top-seeded Richard Gasquet in a three-set thriller. The win gave Lopez his second AEGON International title in a row and provides him with momentum leading up to Wimbledon as well.
Lopez seemed to be reeling after winning the first set as he dropped a second-set tiebreak and was trailing in the third, but he was able to regain his form and finish off the skilled Frenchman short of another tiebreak in the third.
Lopez's win was made even more impressive by the fact that he had to finish his quarterfinal match with Jeremy Chardy and play his semifinal match against Sam Querrey one day earlier. Despite such a heavy workload, he found a way to reign supreme in Eastbourne once again.
Although Lopez won't be viewed as a true title contender at Wimbledon since he'll have to deal with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, he is good enough on grass to go on a nice run.
His form on grass has never been better, so it isn't inconceivable to think that this year's Wimbledon could play host to a breakout performance.
Day 5 Results
Quarterfinal: No. 3 Feliciano Lopez def. Jeremy Chardy (6-3, 6-4)
Semifinal: No. 1 Richard Gasquet def. Denis Istomin (6-4, 6-2)
Semifinal: No. 3 Feliciano Lopez def. Sam Querrey (6-4, 7-6(4))
Semifinal: No. 5 Angelique Kerber def. No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki (3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3)
Semifinal: Madison Keys def. Heather Watson (6-3, 6-1)
Day 5 Recap
After an exciting day of semifinal action, the men's and women's finals at the AEGON International are officially set. If Friday's slate is any indication, then the final encounters should be a treat.
On the women's side, fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki in what was unquestionably the match of the day. After dropping the first set, the German stayed alive by winning a second-set tiebreak and then managed to close out Wozniacki in the third.
According to WTATennis.com, Kerber feels as though she is in fine form leading up to the AEGON final and Wimbledon as well.
"I'm really happy about my game," Kerber said. "Caroline is a tough opponent and I think we played tough match and a really high level. I enjoyed it out there and I'm happy to be in the final. I'm feeling very good on grass and I like the surface—it suits my game."
If Kerber hopes to capture the title, though, she will have to get past a tough opponent in the form of American Madison Keys. The tall power hitter blew Great Britain's Heather Watson out of the water as she dropped just four games the entire match.
The women's final will feature a contrast of styles and it should make for an intriguing and hard-fought match.
As for the men, third-seeded Feliciano Lopez had to work overtime. His quarterfinal match against Jeremy Chardy was suspended Thursday, but the Spaniard was able to finish off his French opponent Friday and moved on to face American Sam Querrey later in the day.
Keys' victory was a great moment for American tennis fans, but Querrey couldn't duplicate it despite being better rested than Lopez. After winning the first set, Lopez staved off a comeback attempt by taking a second-set tiebreak to win the match.
Lopez will have his hands full in the final as he will face the tournament's No. 1 seed in Richard Gasquet. The skilled Frenchman had little issue dispatching Denis Istomin in a straight-set triumph.
Per ATPWorldTour.com, Gasquet executed the game plan he had in mind against a tough opponent.
"I played a good match today. It was important to play well because Denis is dangerous," Gasquet said. "The key on grass is to serve and return well. I managed to do it. I'm very happy with the way I played, because it's always difficult to play on grass. ... You need to be strong on every point."
Gasquet will be favored to defeat Lopez in the final, but it should be a back-and-forth affair. Lopez has had to work a bit harder throughout the tourney, so he may be more fatigued, but he is also battle tested.
When push comes to shove, though, Gasquet is the superior player on grass. As long as he sticks to the strategy that has gotten him to this point, an AEGON International title is very much within reach.
Day 4 Results
Richard Gasquet  def. Martin Klizan, 6-3 6-4
Denis Istomin def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7(7)-6(5), 6-2
Sam Querrey def. Julien Benneteau, 7(7)-6(5), 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki  def. Camila Giorgi 6(7)-7(9), 6-4, 6-2
Madison Keys def. Lauren Davis, 6-2 6-1
Anne Kerber  def. Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 6-1
Top-seeded Richard Gasquet continued to romp through the tournament. A dominant straight-sets win over Klizan landed the Frenchman in the semifinals.
Gasquet took advantage of an ineffective serve from Klizan to win easily.
Klizan was only good for 54 percent of his first serves. When he was forced to his second serve, he won only 43 percent of the points off his second serve.
Americans continue to shine on the women's side. Caroline Wozniacki overcome a tough start against Giorgi to win the last two sets fairly easy. Madison Keys took out fellow American Lauren Davis in straight sets as well.
The highest remaining seed in the tournament is Anne Kerber. The fifth seed blew through Ekaterina Makarova, but per ESPN.com, Kerber said the victory was hard-fought, despite the score:
"It was not as easy as the score said, because there were tough rallies. She's a great player on grass, so I was just focusing on me, trying to be aggressive and take my chances. I did a good job."
Play will continue on Friday and then culminate on Saturday with champions crowned in the men and women's draw.
Stats per LTA
Day 3 Results
No. 1 Richard Gasquet def. Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Sam Querrey def. No. 2 Victor Estrella Burgos, 7-5 (Retired)
No. 3 Feliciano Lopez def. Tobias Kamke, 7-6 (12-10), 7-5
Denis Istomin def. No. 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 7-5
Julien Benneteau def. No. 6 Gillies Simon, 6-3, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Martin Klizan def. Donald Young, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
Jeremy Chardy def. Carlos Berlocq, 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 Petra Kvitova def. Varvara Lepchenko, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Angelique Kerber def. Alize Cornet, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3)
Heather Watson def. No. 6 Flavia Penetta, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2
No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki def. Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 6-3
Ekaterina Makarova def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3, 6-3
Madison Keys def. Elena Vesnina, 7-5, 7-6 (11-9)
Camila Giorgi def. Johanna Konta, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
Lauren Davis def. Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3, 6-3
Day 3 Recap
With each passing day the top seeds continue to go down at the AEGON International event. On Wednesday, the No. 2, 4 and 6 seeds on the men's side went down. Second-seeded Victor Estrella Burgos retired after losing the first set against Sam Querrey.
Top-seeded Richard Gasquet celebrated a birthday in style, needing three sets to defeat Bernard Tomic. After winning a career-high three singles tournaments last year, Gasquet is trying to regain his form in time for Wimbledon after dealing with a back injury for two months.
Over on the women's side, things worked out much better for the ranked players. Flavia Penetta was the only one to lose, while Caroline Wozniacki took out American Sloane Stephens in straight sets.
After the victory, Wozniacki told reporters, via ESPN.com, that Stephens kept pressing her and not giving in after falling down early.
I played well out there. Sloane, especially in the second set, played really, really well, and really went for her shots. Didn't make it easy for me to finish it off. I held my composure and I served well. I got a lot of returns deep.
Wozniacki was joined in the winner's circle by Petra Kvitova, who is playing in the quarterfinals of a tournament for the first time since the Madrid Open in early May.
No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber, who just squeaked by Alize Cornet in three sets, has been on an upward trajectory by winning two matches at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup event in Germany and three at the French Open. This could be the momentum she needs to make a run at Wimbledon.
Day 2 Results
Julien Benneteau defeats Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-2, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeats Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-3, 6-4
Jarkko Nieminen defeats No. 7 Santiago Giraldo, 6-3, 6-7(5-7), 6-3
Donald Young defeats James Ward, 6-3, 6-2
Daniela Hantuchova defeats Roberta Vinci, 7-5, 6-1
Varvaro Lepchenko defeats Shuai Zhang, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Johanna Konta defeats Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Flavia Pennetta defeats Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-3, 6-3
Camila Giorgi defeats No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Ekaterina Makarova defeats Francesca Schiavone, 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 Petra Kvitova defeats Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(7-4)
Lauren Davis defeats No. 7 Sara Errani, 7-6(7-5), 6-2
Madison Keys defeats No. 3 Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-3
Heather Watson defeats Tsvetana Pironkova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Day 2 Recap
The upsets continued to rain down on Day 2 of the AEGON International, with three more top-ranked women knocked out a day after Radwanska and Kerber met their makers.
Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka and Sara Errani were all eliminated on Tuesday, leaving three-top eight competitors standing through the opening round. Jankovic, ranked No. 3, became the first to lose in straight sets without a tiebreaker, falling 6-3, 6-3 to 19-year-old American Madison Keys.
Jankovic has still yet to win an AEGON International match in three tries.
Victoria Azarenka and Sara Errani were also handed early pink slips. For Azarenka, it marked her first match in over three months due to a foot injury. According to the Associated Press, via USA Today, she was satisfied with her recent despite losing.
That's exactly what I wanted. I wanted to have a competitive match. I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react. I'm pretty pleased with what happened. Obviously the result is the result, but that's a beginning. It's a starting point. There are a lot of positive things that I can take from what happened today.
Petra Kvitova nearly joined the rest of her peers in early elimination, but she salvaged a victory in a closely contested three sets over Lucie Safarova. The former Wimbledon champion needed over two hours to dispatch her opponent, but she now remains alive with many of her top adversaries out of action.
While many top female stars competed on Day 2, only three matches filled the men's schedule. The most notable contender of the six, No. 7 Santiago Giraldo, received an early boot courtesy of Jarkko Niemann after his late rally fell short.
Day 1 Results
Jeremy Chardy defeats No. 5 Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 6-4
Tobias Kamke defeats Daniel Evans, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Gilles Simon defeats Chris Guccione, 7-6 (2), 6-4
Bernard Tomic defeats Andrey Golubev, 6-4, 6-4
Martin Klizan defeats No. 8 Federico Delbonis, 6-4, 6-4
Carlos Berlocq defeats Blaz Rola, 6-2, 3-1 (retired)
Sam Querrey defeats Kyle Edmund, 7-6 (5), 6-3
Denis Istomin defeats Mikhail Kukushkin, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeats No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 Angelique Kerber defeats Alison Riske, 7-6 (6), 6-4
No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki defeats Samantha Stosur, 7-5, 6-4
Alize Cornet defeats Bojana Jovanovski, 6-3, 6-2
Sloane Stephens defeats Caroline Garcia, 6-2, 6-4
Elena Vesnina defeats Shuai Peng, 6-3, 6-4
Day 1 Recap
The start of the 2014 AEGON International was an exciting mix of top players showing their skill and seeded stars falling early. If the remainder of the tournament is as wild as Day 1, tennis fans will be enthralled by the action in Great Britain.
On the men’s side, No. 6 seed Gilles Simon managed to win his first-round matchup, but both No. 5 seed Ivo Karlovic and No. 8 seed Federico Delbonis were eliminated on Day 1 in straight sets.
That’s not how you build momentum heading into Wimbledon.
For the women, the biggest news of the day by far was the first-round exit for No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. While many expected Radwanska to steal the show and win the tournament title, unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova knocked her off by a score of 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4).
No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber and No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki also managed to advance.
With upsets on both sides to start the tournament, the bracket has opened up for any player to steal the headlines with a great performance. The hope is that the intense action of Day 1 carries through Day 2 and the remainder of the tournament.