Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
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Pliskova snaps Osaka streak for title — WTA roundup

Pliskova snaps Osaka streak for title — WTA roundup

It ended the third-seeded Osaka's 10-match victory streak, dating back to the start of the U.S. Open.

"I'm just happy it didn't go to three sets", said the Czech, who had been taken the distance in her previous three matches.

Playing in her first tournament since upsetting Serena Williams to win the U.S. Open on September 8, third-seeded Osaka hadn't dropped a set previous to Sunday's final but was frustrated from the outset by the big-serving Czech player. "Naomi was playing so good all tournament but I think she was a little bit exhausted today". "But the future is bright for her and congrats to her for an incredible few weeks", said Pliskova, 26, after her 11th career title.

Pliskova came into Sunday's final having won her last four dating to the Brisbane International in January 2017 - and kept that streak alive while putting an end to Osaka's 10-match winning streak.

The 20-year-old, who has climbed to seventh in the world rankings since her stunning victory over Serena Williams in NY, piled on the pressure in the second.

Pliskova is ninth in the race, with the top eight players qualifying for Singapore.

She thumped an ace down the middle on the first point and held her first two service games to love.

Her serve wavered in the fifth game, however, allowing Pliskova to win the first break point of the match and take a 3-2 lead. The world No. 8 was soon a set up after unleashing another brutal drive catching No. 7 Osaka flat-footed.

Pliskova added: "I know her game".

As the strain began to show, a dejected Osaka called for coach Sascha Bajin and groaned: "I feel so stressed out!".

For Pliskova, it was a first tournament victory since Stuttgart in April - and the first since marrying long-time partner Michal Hrdlicka in the summer.

Pliskova battles onOsaka advanced to face world number eight Pliskova in the final after the big-serving Czech outlasted Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a topsy-turvy match that lasted more than two hours. "I'm just happy that I also have a title as a married woman".

The 20-year-old local favorite was barely tested in her first three matches of the tournament but faced a much sterner challenge against Pliskova.

"I've literally never felt more exhausted in my entire life", said the 20-year-old, who plans to take some time off.

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