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Pliskova tops Martic for Zhengzhou Open crown

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova overcame rain delays and an early deficit to beat Petra Martic 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Zhengzhou Open yesterday.

Rain halted play in the first set after seventh-seeded Martic went 2-0 ahead. When play resumed, Pliskova won the next three games and broke Martic to lead 5-3 before serving out to win the first set. Czech Pliskova broke Martic in the second set to take a 2-1 lead and held serve before play was suspended again. Pliskova once more came back strongly after the delay, breaking her Croat opponent again before winning in 1 hour, 36 minutes. Pliskova had lost to Martic in four of their previous five encounters, including a 3-6, 3-6 loss in the French Open third round. The final had been delayed by nearly six hours after torrential rain all day in Zhengzhou, northern Hebei Province. In Nanchang, southwestern Jiangxi Province, Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson brushed aside Elena Rybakina 6-2, 6-0 to win her maiden WTA title yesterday. Peterson, 24, broke her Kazakh opponent five times and smashed 13 winners in the one-hour match.


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