Kristyna Pliskova has always been the lower-ranked sister of Karolina Pliskova in their WTA journeys, but Karolina’s run to the US Open final appears to have inspired her twin.
Kristyna won her first WTA title on Saturday, defeating Nao Hibino 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the final of the Tashkent Open.
“I’m very happy to win my first ever WTA title,” Pliskova said. “My game was not as expected, however it’s not easy to win any tournament. I will have to work harder on my game. I would like to give credit to my coach new coach Martin Fassate, he has brought out lot of positives. He has not changed anything in my game, but in my attitude.”
Pliskova entered the event after winning the Dalian lower-level challenger event in Uzbekistan.
Against the defending champion Hibino, Pliskova delivered 10 aces, improving to 2-0 against Hibino in tour play.
While Pliskova is 1-0 after her first final, Hibino fell to 1-1 in career finals, both in Tashkent.
In the doubles final Raluca Olaru and Ipek Soylu defeated Demi Schuurs and Renata Voracova 7-5, 6-3 to win their first title together.
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