For Martina Navratilova, it was a familiar first step. First Eastbourne, then Wimbledon.
Seven of Navratilova's nine Wimbledon crowns have followed triumphs on the grass courts at Eastbourne. On Saturday, the top-seeded Navratilova captured a record 11th singles title in this warmup tournament, defeating unseeded Miriam Oremans 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
"I did a strategy switch," Navratilova said. "Instead of trying to go through her, I went around her. If I didn't get my act together, I knew that she could beat me. But I got my act together."
Now it's on to Wimbledon, where Navratilova, 36, is seeded No.
2 and will play Michelle Jaggard-Lai in the opening round.
"Conditions here were as bad as it can get," she said, referring to high winds and heavy rains that forced her to play two matches Tuesday and Thursday. "I'm ready for anything at Wimbledon."
Halle Open: Unseeded Henri Leconte won his ninth career tournament and taught top-seeded Andrei Medvedev a lesson on grass, rolling 6-2, 6-3 in the final in Halle, Germany. Leconte, a few weeks shy of his 30th birthday, dominated the match against Medvedev, 18, who was playing only his second tournament on grass. Leconte won 13 consecutive points at the start of the second set and won his first tournament since 1988. He has a 51-25 career mark on grass. Medvedev's only other experience on grass was a second-round loss at Rosmalen two weeks ago. Because of rain delays Friday, both also completed semifinal matches earlier in the day. Leconte beat second-seeded Petr Korda 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, while Medvedev slipped by Jonathan Stark 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).
Manchester Open: Unseeded Jason Stoltenberg defeated fourth-seeded Wally Masur 6-1, 6-3 in 63 minutes in Manchester, England, to win his first tour title.