July 29, 2015

Karolina Pliskova Saves a Match Point to Claim Second Title of the Year in Linz


(October 12, 2014) Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic came back from a match point down before defeating Italy’s Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) to win the Generali Ladies event on Sunday.

Pliskova served for the match twice in the third set and saved a match point at 5-6 in the third set.

“It’s an amazing feeling to come back from a match point,” said the Czech. This was Pliskova’s third WTA title, second in as many months. She has three career WTA titles.

“It could have been a little easier, but I’m still happy I won the title!,” Pliskoova said. “After I was 5-1 up and she came back and had match point, I was already thinking I would lose, and that I would cry afterwards! But she was playing so well in that part of the third set. Before that she was making so many mistakes, but she stopped doing that and calmed down, and she played so much better there.”

The 30th ranked Pliskova was the only seed left in the tournament after the first round. The top two seeds Eugenie Bouchard and No. 2 Ana Ivanovic withdrew with injuries, while Dominika Cibulkova, Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki all lost.

Pliskova is now 16-3 since the US Open.


Safarova Ousted at Linz

Linz, Austria
October 8-14, 2012

Results – Monday, October 8, 2012
Singles – First Round
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (4) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 36 62 75
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 76(5)
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(3) 16 61

Doubles – First Round
(2) Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) d. Birnerova/Cornet (CZE/FRA) 64 46 105 (Match TB)
Camerin/Halep (ITA/ROU) d. (3) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 64 ret. (Uhlirova: back injury)
(4) Dushevina/Rosolska (RUS/POL) d. (WC) Oprandi/Petkovic (SUI/GER) 63 46 107 (Match TB)
Hantuchova/Martic (SVK/CRO) d. Cadantu/Savinykh (ROU/RUS) 64 63
Cirstea/Paszek (ROU/AUT) d. (WC) Haas/Mayr-Achleitner (AUT/AUT) 64 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Mallory Burdette (USA) d. (1) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 64 61
(2) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (7) Jana Cepelova (SVK) 57 62 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (5) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 76(7) 75
(6) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Catalina Castaño (COL) 36 61 63

Order Of Play – Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Mallory Burdette
2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Tamira Paszek
3. Julia Goerges vs. Daniela Hantuchova
4. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Andrea Petkovic (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Petra Martic vs. Sorana Cirstea (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Romina Oprandi vs. Alexandra Cadantu
3. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Catalina Castaño vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
5. Simona Halep vs. Lesia Tsurenko
6. Castaño/Hrdinova vs. Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits (NB 18.30hrs)
7. Groenefeld/Peschke vs. Dzehalevich/Kalashnikova