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Jamie Hampton wants first title at Aegon International

Posted on Friday, 21 June by

Jamie Hampton Aegon International

Jamie Hampton will be looking to win her first ever career singles title tomorrow at the Aegon International, after beating 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki in an enthralling semi-final clash on Centre Court.

The American, aged 23, became the first qualifier to reach a singles final on the WTA tour this year, coming back from a set down to beat the World No.9 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

The epic match, which lasted nearly three hours, saw 14 breaks of serve between the pair and Hampton twice fighting back from Love-40 down to hold serve. At 5-4, Wozniacki even found herself with two match points on serve, before back to back breaks from Hampton won her the second set.

Talking about her performance after the match, Hampton praised holding her nerve. “I had a few set points in the first and choked them away a little bit. I got down a break in the 2nd and was almost down. To get the hold and stay positive was a plus, I’m definitely proud of myself.”

In just her third main draw grass court event of her career, Hampton started the week ranked No.41, but will now climb into the top 25 and even reach World No.22 with victory on Saturday. Despite coming through qualifiers, her expectations were never lower than going the distance this week.

“I didn’t come just to play the qualifying. I enter every tournament and look to win the title.”

Hampton will now play Elena Vesnina in the final, who comfortably disposed of Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-0 in just 53 minutes , 11 minutes shorter than Hampton’s first set alone. Even Elena herself was surprised at how quickly the match went.

“I was expecting a very long and difficult match for both of us, because Yanina, she’s a very dangerous player. But I think after the first set she kind of lost her concentration, and it looked like like she didn’t know what to do.”

Looking ahead to the final, the pair have never met before, and just five places separated them in the rankings at the beginning of the week. But with Russian Vesnina winning her first career singles title at Australia’s Hobart International in January, before securing Grand Slam glory in the French Open doubles earlier this month, she will head in full of confidence.

“It’s going to be a very interesting match. I’m really impressed with how [Hampton's] playing. But she’s played a lot of matches, she’s probably going to be a bit tired in the final. I will try to use my chances and hopefully I will win it,” said Elena.

Meanwhile, the men’s final sees a Wimbledon warm up as Feliciano Lopez meets Gilles Simon just days before their round one tie at the All England Club.

World No. 17 Simon defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3 whilst Lopez beat Ivan Dodig 7-6, 6-1, in a complete second set meltdown from the Croatian. Impressively, both players are yet to drop a set this week, and with just one previous meeting in contrasting, hard court conditions in which Simon emerged victorious, it’s tough to call a winner.

Reflecting on the fortune of the draw, the Spaniard said: “It’s funny to play the same guy in three days, but this is tennis and sometimes these things happen.”

Asked which match they would prefer to win, the pair were both unanimous in their decisions.

Smiling, Lopez said: “I think here. A final is a final. To win the tournament is very difficult. So for the moment, I take this one!”

A more indecisive Simon said: “Tomorrow for me, because I would have won tournaments on every continent on every type of court. It’s a tough call because to lose in the first round would be disappointing. But if I win tomorrow, it’s a great advantage for the match after.”

In other news, British hopes were dashed in the men’s doubles final, as Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray lost in a tightly contested match against top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares. They lost 6-3, 3-6 and 8-10 in the championship tie-break, but were optimistic ahead of The Championships next week.

“They pipped us. It’s a disappointing loss but I think we are good shape for Wimbledon.”

The Aegon International concludes tomorrow with the men’s and women’s singles final.

Women’s Final:
Jamie Hampton (USA) vs Elena Vesnina (RUS)

Men’s Final:
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)

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