Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki advance to title match in Qatar

Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki advance to title match in Qatar

Similarly, Dane Wozniacki first beat American qualifier Lauren Davies 7-5, 6-1, then Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 6-1, 6-2, finishing past midnight.

Pliskova hit a career-best 21 aces to beat third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final, her first victory over the Slovakian player in four meetings.

"It's been really tough conditions with all the waiting and everything", Wozniacki said.

"I think I'm having a great start to the year which is always important", Pliskova said. "I knew I had a chance to break her, and I did".

The second was a more keenly contested affair, but former world number one Wozniacki lost her nerve when serving to stay in it as Pliskova pounced on her first match point. However they have not met since 2014.

Astonishingly, completion of the final on Saturday meant the tournament was able to finish on time after a week of terrible weather in Qatar. Was a few hours between the first set and second set in the first match.

"It's awesome, it means so much to me to win the tournament", she said afterwards.

She began 2017 with a title in Brisbane, before reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals, having kick-started her career last summer by reaching the US Open final.

Qatar Tennis Federation secretary-general Tariq Darwish Zainal said play would not continue after today, even if the final matches could not be played.

Wozniacki changed up her strategy to get on board and halt her opponent's momentum, stepping into the court and running Pliskova from side to side to target the Czech's biggest weakness: her court movement. "To beat two players like Dominika and Caroline is something incredible". "If we don't finish all the matches, the tournament finishes without a victor", Zainal said.

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