Sports Shorts: Krajicek says yes after boyfriend proposes on court
Michaella Krajicek's joy at winning on home grass was easily surpassed when her boyfriend stepped on court and dropped down on one knee straight after her Den Bosch Open first-round victory on Monday.
The Dutchwoman, half sister to 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, hit 11 aces to beat Jana Cepelova 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the Wimbledon warm-up tournament but her heart was soon beating even faster.
German doubles specialist Martin Emmrich stepped onto the court and got down on one knee.
"It was a huge surprise," Krajicek told the WTA's official website (www.wtatennis.com).
"We met here one year ago and I think it's such a very special place to do it.
"I just knew I was for sure going to say yes. That was all I knew in that moment."
Image: Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands
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Radwanska struck again by Eastbourne jinx
Agnieszka Radwanska completed an unwanted hat-trick when she suffered her third successive first-round defeat in the Aegon International, losing 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Eastbourne, England.
The top-seeded Pole, champion at Eastbourne in 2008, was unfazed by another premature exit at the Wimbledon warm-up event because despite the setbacks she has done well at the All England Club for the past two years.
"Hopefully I can still do great at Wimbledon," world number four Radwanska told reporters.
"I had some chances, some break points, the serve was really important in this match. I didn't use the break points I had and unfortunately I lost."
Eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark enjoyed a more productive day as she beat Australia's Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-4.
Image: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia celebrates a point against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their Women's Singles first round match of the Aegon International at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, England, on Monday
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