WTA Doha final preview: Caroline Wozniacki vs Karolina Pliskova

Up 5/4, Pliskova takes advantage of two bad unforced errors by Wozniacki, who lost her second final in Doha after the one in 2011 against Zvonareva.

Karolina Pliskova is the new WTA Doha victor thanks to the final won over Caroline Wozniacki, who had reached the last round without losing any set during the week.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic put together a dominating performance to beat former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark for the first time and win the Qatar Open on Saturday.

Cibulkova had already sealed her place in the semi-finals on Thursday, but was not able to benefit from having fresher legs as the second seed won 6-4 4-6 6-3.

The world No. 3 has enjoyed an excellent week in Doha, beating Caroline Garcia, Shuai Zhang and Dominika Cibulkova en route to the final.

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And when that was put to her during her on-court interview after her win against Puig, the 26-year-old, quoted on wtatennis.com, said: "It sounds fantastic, but also makes me feel a little old".

Despite her hope of winning Wimbledon, Pliskova has constantly underperformed at the All-England Club.

Puig also had to complete her quarter-final match earlier on Friday, edging Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. "To beat two players like Dominika and Caroline is something awesome".

"Karolina was playing really well, she deserved this one", Wozniacki said. "It's going to be a great final and I'm excited for it", Wozniacki said.

"She's playing really well, serving really well".

  • Regina Holmes