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21 - 29 June 2019

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Nature Valley International: Kerber and Pliskova, and Querrey and Fritz set up Eastbourne finals

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  • 28/06/2019

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The Nature Valley International finals are set with Angelique Kerber taking on Karolina Pliskova in the women's singles final, and Sam Querrey facing Taylor Fritz in an all-American men's final.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber was granted free passage into Saturday's final when Ons Jabeur withdrew from their semifinal with a right ankle injury.

2017 Eastbourne champion and second seed Karolina Pliskova was at her blistering grass court best, reaching her third Nature Valley International final in four years with a 56-minute, 6-2, 6-1 win over against third seed Kiki Bertens.

In Friday's first men's semi-final, Sam Querrey had to use every bit of the firepower at his disposal to dispatch qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3. Querrey served up 33 aces during the course of the one-hour, 46-minute match, to reach the 19th final of his career.  

In beating Kyle Edmund 7-6(8), 6-3, Taylor Fritz reached his second ATP final. British No.1 Edmund was philosophical in defeat, saying: "Sometimes it doesn't happen, that's sport. It's not through lack of trying or anything. I wish I could have (won) but just didn't.

"I tried my best and I tried my hardest, but not today. It's something you have to learn from. In hindsight, it's always easy to say, Do this, hit this shot, or put balls in, play more aggressive. You can learn maybe for next time, but when you are in the match or straight afterwards, it's easy to say, you should have done that." 

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are the Nature Valley International men's doubles champions after recovering from a set down to claim the title over Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos in a see-sawing contest, 3-6 7-6(4) [10-6]. The result was the tournament top seeds' first grass court title of their nearly decade-long partnership. 

Saturday's women's doubles final will be decided between Bethanie Matter-Sands and Kirsten Flipkens, and 2014 Nature Valley International Champions Has-Ching Chan and Latisha Chan. 

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