2013 Aegon International

Paszek pleased to return

Tamira Paszek (right) with Daniela Hantuchova

Tamira Paszek, the defending Aegon International champion, is keen to emulate her remarkable run on her return to Devonshire Park.

The 22-year-old Austrian rode her luck with ambitious and attacking play to reach the 2012 final in style. Then shocked German Angelique Kerber in three sets, saving five match points in a topsy-turvy final that had neutrals on the edge of their Centre Court seats.

Paszek not only impressed fellow WTA Tour players and the enthusiastic crowds, but her Eastbourne-based godparents throughout last year’s tournament.

The world #30 admitted, “It would be the most amazing thing if I could win it for the second time, but the fans are always incredible and hopefully they might get behind me again – so I don’t see why it can’t happen again.

“Last year I came into it just looking to play a few games that seemed to go pretty well for me. As soon as I am on grass for two days it feels natural, and I got to the Wimbledon final of the Girls’ Singles.

“I have family who live in Eastbourne so I stay at their house, which does help relax me before the tournament and made a big difference last year.”

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