Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic claimed her first ever WTA Tour event title , as she upset fourth seed and Current Title Holder Nao Hibino of Japan to lift the 18th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA Championships which concluded at the Olympic tennis School in Tashkent.
The 24 year old Pliskova kept the Tashkent Open record of having a new champion every year intact , stopping the conquest of the fourth seed Hibino 6-3,2-6,6-3 in a final lasting 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Pliskova who had claimed a $125K WTA Challenger event at Dalian three weeks ago , won her second tournament in three weeks adding 280 WTA points and $43000 to her kitty . The win also ensures Kristyna moves to around 68 in the world, her highest career ranking.
In the first set Pliskova broke Hibino in the 5th and the 9th games to win the set 6-3 , in the second set
Hibino started with break In the second set, she changed her game moving up aggressively , Pliskova broke back immediately to make it 1-1 . Hibino broke back in the 5th and the 7th games showing amazing touch in her strokes , She showed good understanding making Pliskova work for every point , and took the second set 6-2 and levelled set scores at 1-1.
In the third set Pliskova broke Hibino in the 6th game and held on to her 7th game to go up 5-2 . Hibino held her serve and tried hard to break Pliskova in the 9th game , but Pliskova saved a breakpoint on her serve held on , lifted her arms in joy and claimed her first ever WTA crown in 1 hour and 46 minutes
I'm very happy to win my first ever WTA title , my game was not as expected , however it's not easy to win any tournament . I will have to work harder on my game . I would like to give credit to my coach new coach Martin Fassate, he has brought out lot of positives , he has not changed anything in my game but my attitude " said Krystina after the match
It was cold and the balls were heavy , I was lucky to have good start and win the first set , in the second played to Hibino's game , I was little tired in the second set . In the third set after advice from my coach I started hitting again , Hibino was running around, and putting all the balls back , it's difficult to play her but I managed .
Asked what the win will do to her career , Krystina said " I was always around 80 and fighting with points now I can play much more relaxed without thinking about points " .
Speaking after the match , Nao Hibino said " I would have loved to have the winner's trophy today , but have to say Kristyna played well , she served well on important points and also put pressure on my service , I tried my best , all credit to her and congrats for the her first title. Hibino had to be content with 180 WTA points and $21400 for her efforts. Hibino will also hover around the top 70's with her performance here.
The prizes which included specially crafted trophy and traditional "Uzbek Chapan" were presented to the winners at the hand s of Deputy Mayor of Tashkent Shukrat Turdikulov and WTA Supervisor Kerrilyn Cramer
Following is the Result ( Finals Singles)Krystina Pliskova(Cze) bt S.4 Nao Hibino (Jpn) 6-3,2-6,6-3
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