Top-seeded Pliskova rallies to win Prague Open for fourth title
PRAGUE — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to claim her fourth WTA title by defeating qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in an all-Czech final of the Prague Open on Saturday.
The 14th-ranked Pliskova wasted three match points when she was 5-2 up in the final set. But she served out the match in the following game, converting her fifth match point with a forehand winner.
"It was all about a few points," Pliskova said. "I’m really happy I managed to win it."
It was the seventh career final for the 74th-ranked Hradecka, but she has lost them all.
Hradecka hit 17 aces to Pliskova’s eight, but also double faulted 10 times.
Pliskova jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second set before wasting two set points at 5-2 and allowed Hradecka to tie it at 5-5, but she converted her third set point to even the match.
Hradecka got a break for a 5-4 lead in the opening set and converted her second set point when Pliskova sent a backhand return long.