Kristyna Pliskova emerges winner at 18th edition of Tashkent Open.

1 October 2016

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

Nao
Hibino

Date of Birth: 28 NOV 1994
Birthplace: Aichi, Japan
Height: 5’ 4" (1.63 m)
Plays: Right-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 77 (As of August 14, 2017)



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