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Dominika Cibulkova wins Eastbourne title

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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Dominika Cibulkova won her first-career grass court title Saturday by defeating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3 at the Eastbourne International in England.

Cibulkova lost a break point early in the first set but recovered by getting a decisive fourth break in the final game to win the opener.

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Cibulkova broke Pliskova in the second set to take a 3-1 advantage. She later went up 5-2 after holding serve during an 11-minute game. Then, up 5-3, Cibulkova finished off her second WTA championship when Pliskova sailed a shot long at match point.

"It's very hard to describe, this has been my best week on grass and it just feels -- it just happened and I can't believe it," Cibulkova said. "I was playing really well today but the conditions were really hard for me and my opponent. It was a great week for me.

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"This is my second time here and I'm gonna come back many more years."

Cibulkova is projected to move up to No. 18 in the WTA rankings.

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American Steve Johnson won his first-ever ATP title after getting by Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 7-5 in England.

Neither player faced a break point in the first set. Johnson won 75 percent of the service points. After trailing 3-1, Johnson won six of the next nine points to take a one-set lead.

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Johnson's momentum carried over into the second set, taking a break point and a 2-1 lead. However, Cuevas later stormed back to tie the set 4-4. Johnson regained his form by winning another break to go up 6-5. He ended the match by converting his second match point with a drop volley.

Johnson, seeded No. 6 in the tournament, is projected to climb up to No. 29 in the ATP rankings.

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