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Congrats to Karolina Pliskova!
Pliskova won her second WTA title of the year, after Brisbane in January, and the eighth of her career. The Czech will remain No. 3 in the world rankings.
“I was waiting for a good result here because I lost three years in a row in the first or second rounds, so big step,” Pliskova said. “I’m excited to get the trophy, and finally get some new fans here.”
Wozniacki’s win-loss record in finals dropped to 25-18. She also lost the 2011 final in Doha.
“Karolina was playing really well, she deserved this one,” Wozniacki said. “But I’m going to try and get my revenge next time.”
The second-seeded Pliskova broke Wozniacki twice in charging to 4-0. The Dane fought back to trail 4-3, but lost her serve again to lose the set.
The second was much tighter. They went serve for serve until Wozniacki, on serve, fell behind 15-40 in the 10th game, and lost the first match point.
Wozniack didn’t look or sound too happy about losing in the Doha final again: “… she deserved this one,” Wozniacki said. “But I’m going to try and get my revenge next time.” Caro is in her marathon 2014 shape – maybe hit too many shots short at least in the first set and perhaps under different conditions she WILL get her revenge. I’m not counting Caro out in Dubai after her performance in Doha …probably not going to pick her to win Dubai but I’m sort of considering it – it’s tempting: http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com/bracket/wta/draw/2017-dubai