LONDON, June 15 Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko
won her first WTA Tour title when she squeezed past Belgian
teenager Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 3-6 7-6 in the final of the
Edgbaston Classic on Sunday.
Wickmayer, who injured her knee in the second set, battled
for almost three hours before a forehand error on match point
cost her the match.
"It feels great. I finally have my own title," a jubilant
Bondarenko, the 12th seed, was quoted as saying on the
tournament's Web site (www.lta.org.uk).
"I never expected it to be on grass. It was a really tough
match. I think we both played really well. I just got lucky in
Wickmayer, who has taken over the mantle as Belgian number
one following the surprise retirement of Justine Henin last
month, blamed her defeat on her lack of experience but hoped her
injury would not ruin the rest of her grasscourt season.
"She played better in the tiebreaks, she's older and she has
more experience," said the 18-year-old.
"I'm not a quitter but I am in a lot of pain. I've never
hurt my knee before so I have no idea what's wrong with it. I
just know it hurts."
(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Miles Evans)