Photos by Nida Alibhai
(February 20, 2015) DUBAI, UAE – Top seed Simona Halep will play Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.
Halep rebounded after dropping the opening set to defeat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Pliskova came through an almost three hour match with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 win over Garbine Muguruza.
“I was trying everything,” Wozniacki said of the match. “I was just making so many errors, and I don’t really know where they came from. I think I was just tired. You know, it’s been a long week for me.””
“I started the match with a bad tactic,” Halep said. “I just wanted to hit every ball, and I did many mistakes. I couldn’t find the rhythm. So in the second set I said that I have to change it and just to play with a good length and to open the court more. I didn’t want to force too much like in first set. That worked very well for me.”
“It was a really long match,” said Pliskova. “There was so many close points and close games. I was losing. She had some break points in the third set, as well. There’s just few points which is deciding.”
“I think the key was her serve,” said Muguruza. “She served so good. I couldn’t break her serve. I mean, obviously when you cannot break the other one’s serve you feel a lot of pressure with your serve. But it was a very good week. I won incredible matches.”
Halep is looking to win her second title of the year, the Romanian won in Shenzen in January. Pliskova will be playing in her second final of the year, losing in the final at Sydney.
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015
RESULTS – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
 S. Halep (ROU) d  C. Wozniacki (DEN) 26 61 61
 Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d G. Muguruza (ESP) 64 57 75
Doubles – Semifinals
 G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 63
 T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d  C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) 36 61 10-5
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
DOUBLES FINAL –  G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs  T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL –  S. Halep (ROU) vs  Ka. Pliskova (CZE)