World number three Karolina Pliskova outclassed Wimbledon champion to win the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

Pliskova, from the , will head to Wimbledon full of confidence after a superb display sealed a 6-1 6-4 victory over the German.

She broke fifth seed Kerber’s serve three times to take the first set and once to take the second.

Pliskova, 27, has now won Eastbourne twice after her victory in 2017.

The match between two former world number ones was billed as a battle between Pliskova, the great server, and Kerber, the great returner.

Pliskova’s big serve has dominated all week but it was the way the Czech attacked Kerber’s serve that proved the difference.

The Czech player broke Kerber’s opening service game and the German did not manage to hold her serve until the third game of the second set.

She then broke Kerber’s serve at the first opportunity in the second and although the three-time Grand Slam champion played much better, the depth and power of Pliskova’s groundstrokes continued to give her control of the key points.

Pliskova, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, gets her Wimbledon campaign under way on Monday while Kerber will open the defence of her title on Tuesday.

Jana Novotna in 1998 was the last player to win Eastbourne and go on to win Wimbledon.


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