Even future world number one Caroline Wozniacki couldn’t win back back to back Liverpool Internationals during her three visits to Merseyside in the late noughties – so 2018 champion Corinna Dentoni was looking to make history when she faced Kaia Kanepi in this year’s ladies final at Liverpool Cricket Club.
The weight of history – and Kanepi’s booming serve – proved too much for the Italian to handle and she was soundly beaten 6-2 6-2.
Estonian Kanepi goes into Wimbledon with the confidence of having lifted the Williams BMW Tennis trophy, and some momentum at having reached the last 16 of the French Open, but admitted afterwards that grass is not her favourite surface.
“This was my first grass tournament this year. I will practice on grass again at Wimbledon next week then try my best,” she said.
She does, however, have the experience of reaching two Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2010 and 2013 in her memory bank.
Defending champion Dentoni added candidly: “Her serve was too big for me. I don’t know how many aces she hit but it was a lot.”
The ladies final followed a much closer men’s affair, when Paolo Lorenzi went one better than his 2017 experience when he pipped veteran American Robert Kendrick 7-6 6-2 in the men’s final before heading down to SW17.
Pablo, at the age of 37, will be the oldest player in the main draw at Wimbledon, but is still enjoying his tennis more than ever.
He certainly enjoyed his latest Liverpool experience, not losing a set in the whole sun-drenched tournament.
Earlier in the week crowd pleasing American Kendrick delighted one half of the crowd at least, when he donned an Everton shirt for his match against David Quayle.
While 68-year-old Mansour Bahrami dived around the court as well as his doubles partner, junior Wimbledon and junior French Open champion Tseng Chun-Hsin.
Wirral tennis rookie Adam Jones also enjoyed some excellent exposure at Liverpool.
The 20-year-old brought down the curtain on the singles section of the tournament on Sunday with a one-sided win over late call up David Quayle.
At the summation of another successful tournament – the 18th – organiser Anders Borg added: “Adam very much stands for everything the Williams BMW Liverpool International is trying to portray to give local stars the chance to compete on centre court with established ATP stars.”
Once again, he succeeded.