BIRMINGHAM - Angelique Kerber of Germany rallied past Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for the Aegon Classic Birmingham title on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Kerber claimed her third title of the year with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Pliskova. It was also Kerber's first career title on grass.

"This gives me a lot of confidence," said Kerber. "My goal coming to Birmingham was to get a lot of matches, and right now I had my fifth of the week, so it couldn't be better preparation before Wimbledon. I'll just enjoy the day today, and we'll see what comes next, and we'll see what happens in Wimbledon."

Pliskova saved four set points in her 3-5 service game before winning the first set in a tiebreak. Kerber stormed back to win the second set and was ahead 5-3 in the third. Pliskova, however, won three games in a row to go ahead 6-5. The German then held serve to force a tiebreak.

"Angie was playing great. I did everything I could so I'm not really disappointed," said Pliskova. "We all saw what she can do on grass - I felt like she was just everywhere, because she moves so well on grass, and it's always tough to play a lefty on grass. Her flat shots are tough to play against as well." The 27-year-old Kerber improved to 6-9 all-time in WTA finals, also winning in Charleston and Stuttgart this year. The sixth-seeded Pliskova, meanwhile, fell to 4-6 in title matches for her career, including 1-3 this year. Kerber improved to 3-2 lifetime against Pliskova.