Zhengzhou Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Petra Martic to win 15th WTA singles title of career

The title was Karolina Pliskova's fourth of the season to add to trophies won in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne — moving her ahead of Australian world number one Ash Barty and Canadian Bianca Andreescu for most titles won so far this year.

Reuters September 15, 2019 21:17:21 IST
Zhengzhou Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Petra Martic to win 15th WTA singles title of career
  • Karolina Pliskova defeated Croatia's Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Zhengzhou Open.

  • Pliskova won 74 percent of her first service points, fired seven aces and broke the Croatian four times in the match.

  • It was the 15th WTA singles title win of her career and her first in China.

World number two Karolina Pliskova beat Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Zhengzhou Open on Sunday to win the 15th WTA singles title of her career and her first in China.

The title was the Czech’s fourth of the season to add to trophies won in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne — moving her ahead of Australian world number one Ash Barty and Canadian Bianca Andreescu for most titles won so far this year.

Zhengzhou Open Karolina Pliskova beats Petra Martic to win 15th WTA singles title of career

File image of Karolina Pliskova. AP

Pliskova won 74 percent of her first service points, fired seven aces and broke the Croatian four times in a rain-interrupted match that was initially delayed by more than five hours due to heavy rain.

Martic, who held a superior 4-1 head-to-head record against Pliskova and also beat her at Roland Garros earlier this year, took a 2-0 lead in the first set when she broke the top seed in the opening game.

However, that was the only time Pliskova conceded a break of serve and she soon took control with powerful groundstrokes, using the full width of the court to smash winners and passing shots with precision.

Martic’s service game suffered — she won only 53% of her first service points — and Pliskova duly took advantage to punish the seventh seed and win five games in a row.

Pliskova’s consistency in the baseline rallies was a force to reckon with and Martic had no answer to her superior court coverage, eventually conceding the 96-minute match after saving one championship point.

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