Pliskova sets down a marker for Wimbledon, claims Aegon International title

 

By Ros Satar

  • Karolina Pliskova [3] def. Caroline Wozniacki [6] 6-4 6-4
  • Has made good progression in the Slams this year
EASTBOURNE, UK – Karolina Pliskova goes one better than last year, and claims the Aegon International title

 

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Karolina Pliskova [3] def. Caroline Wozniacki [6] 6-4 6-4

After the elements tried to throw everything at us, Saturday’s final saw last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova go one better this year, beating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

It may have looked routine, but there was a of of high quality tennis on show, with Pliskova showing just how agile she can be around the court. From the start it actually looked more as though Wozniacki was the aggressor. She held her service games better in the early part of the match, and it was just one loose game from Wozniacki in the first set that handed the advantage to the Czech, coming down to just a single break point in the set.

Caroline Wozniacki -2017 WTA Aegon International © Jimmie48 Photography

After a competitive start to the second set, Pliskova was put to the test, having to save four break points as she seemed to be allowing Wozniacki back into the game. In the ninth game it was her chance to put the Dane under pressure, converting on her third break point to serve for the match, taking the title on her third match-point.

Wozniacki has reached four finals this year, and has placed herself firmly on the map going into Wimbledon in a completely wide-open field, and it will have been a relief that the abdominal strain seemed to have eased up for the final.

She said, after the match: “It was definitely a good battle out there. I thought both of us played very well. I think it was pretty high level from both of us.

“[The injury] definitely felt better today. And also, I got taped up before the match and that helped. I was ready for it. It was important for me to serve well today. I knew that, so definitely did everything I could to be ready for today.”

 

Pliskova is one to watch at Wimbledon

Karolina Pliskova -2017 WTA Aegon International © Jimmie48 Photography

Pliskova has set down a marker in one of the most wide-open fields going into Wimbledon this year. Among fellow colleagues, her name has been the most widely touted as the one to watch this year, and having made the quarter-finals in Australia and the semi-finals of Roland Garros.

In fact, given that she reached the semi-finals on a surface she has made no secret of not enjoying augurs well for her to finally advance past the second round at Wimbledon.

Having suffered an elbow injury, Pliskova missed most of the grass court season, so for her it was all about getting match-time, with the trophy as a bonus.

She said: “I was just, in the beginning of this tournament, I just wanted to play some matches and to see how it goes and to have some hits on grass, especially when I came from Czech, I didn’t practice much on grass.

“That’s what happened, and it came out that I got the title. So I didn’t really expect this start of the grass court season, but it gave me a lot of confidence coming to London.

“But it’s the same last year. I was also in final. Didn’t get the trophy but I didn’t do well in Wimbledon, so hopefully, I believe it can change with this trophy this year (smiling).”

Pliskova will open her campaign at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

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