(June 12, 2016) World No. 17 Karolina Pliskova won the Aegon Open Nottingham title beating America’s Alison Riske 7-6(8), 7-5 in Sunday’s final.
The top seed saved six set points en route to taking the opener in a tie-break, before breaking Riske’s serve in the final game of the second to seal victory in one hour and 55 minutes.
Victory for the Czech saw her collect her first ever grass-court title, and in doing so ends Riske’s nine match winning streak on the surface, having won the Aegon Trophy Eastbourne a week earlier.
“I’m just really happy that I made it and really happy that I have the trophy now,” 24-year-old Pliskova said.
“She played some good shots and in the end I was just happy that I made it.”
America’s Riske more than matched the Czech – ranked 72 places higher in the world – throughout the contest, although Pliskova’s big serve got her out of trouble on numerous occasions.
“I felt like I gave myself a lot of opportunities,” Riske said. “I had a lot of different chances and whether it be that she served an ace or she played a really good point, the opportunities were gone.
“I gave myself as many chances as I could and credit to her for really stepping it up.”
The two exchanged breaks in sharing the opening eight games of the first set, but it was when Riske edged ahead 5-4 that the American had set points to take the opener. However, Pliskova fired down two unreturnable serves and a brilliant forehand pass to hold for 5-5.
Riske then had three more opportunities to clinch the set in the tie-breaker, but more brutal hitting from Pliskova enabled the Czech to take control by twice bringing up set point herself, the second of which she converted to clinch the set in 58 minutes.
Going a set down did not deter Riske as she powered to a 4-2 lead in the second set, and then had a set point when serving for it at 5-4, although went long with a forehand, leading to Pliskova star breaking back to level at 5-5.
The world No. 17 then held to lead 6-5 and fired a wonderful passing shot on her first match point to clinch the title.
In the doubles, Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai beat the fourth seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Yang Zhaoxuan in a championship tie-breaker 7-5 2-6 [10-7] to secure the title.
AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND
6-12 JUNE, 2016
RESULTS – JUNE 12, 2016
Singles – Final
 [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Riske (USA) 76(8) 75
Doubles – Final
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d  G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 75 36 10-7