Martina Navratilova needed just 45 minutes to retain her grass-court title in Eastbourne, England, yesterday in preparation for an unprecedented ninth Wimbledon singles title.
Navratilova claimed her ninth Eastbourne victory in 16 years by beating Gretchen Magers, 6-0, 6-2. She allowed her opponent only 24 points as the two battled with blustery conditions.
The victory, worth $70,000 to Navratilova, was her easiest triumph at Eastbourne since defeating Wendy Turnbull, 6-1, 6-1, in the 1983 final.
Magers ousted sixth-seeded Jennifer Capriati in the second round on her way to her fourth final of her career.
Navratilova showed no signs of the knee problem that required treatment during Friday's semifinal win over Jana Novotna.
"I felt really nimble and light on my feet," she said. "The knee felt better today than for months. Today my knees felt like they were 15, yesterday they felt 50."
Wentworth: France's Guy Forget won the grass-court final by beating countryman Henri Leconte, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, in Wentworth, England.
The 25-year-old mastered cold weather as well as the erratic brilliance of his opponent in the Wimbledon warm-up event.
Forget, seeded 11th at Wimbledon, beat John McEnroe and Jonas Svensson on his way to the title.
Manchester: Pete Sampras defeated Gilad Bloom, 7-6, 7-6, in Manchester, England, for his first grass-court title.
The 18-year-old Californian, the youngest player to win an ATP event this year, took the tiebreakers, 11-9 and 7-3.
Wimbledon "is the one tournament I want to win, and don't forget, Boris Becker was only 17 when he won it for the first time," Sampras said.
Sampras earned $33,150.