WTA Tour

Hibino beaten by Pliskova in Tashkent final

2016-10-02 14:44
Tennis (File)

Cape Town - Nao Hibino failed to defend her Tashkent Open title after succumbing to a 6-2 2-6 6-3 defeat at the hands of Kristyna Pliskova in the final.

Japan's Hibino, ranked number 78 in the world, beat Donna Vekic 6-2 6-2 in last year's final, but came up short against Pliskova.

The 24-year-old Czech claimed the first set with relative ease thanks to two breaks, but Hibino found her groove in the second set, and fought back with impressive venom.

Trailing 2-1, fourth-seed Hibino won five consecutive games in a huge swing of momentum.

However, world number 100 Pliskova regained control in the decider, breaking for a 4-2 lead and winning the tie-break at 5-3 to claim her first maiden top-tier title on the WTA Tour.

Read more on:    wta tour  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.