Pliskova Beats Lepchenko to Lift Seoul Title

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WTA Rising Star Karolina Pliskova won her first title of 2014 when she defeated American youngster Varvara Lepchenko in the final of the Kia Korea Open.

The second-seed took command of the match early on but lost a close second set in the tiebreak to force the contest to a decider. Pliskova then shot out to a 4-0 lead in the third set closed out the match after two hours and 11 minutes, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2.

After winning her maiden WTA title in Kuala Lumpur last season, Pliskova failed in three earlier attempts this year to capture an elusive second title, having lost in Pattaya City, Nürnberg and Hong Kong.

On the other hand, Lepchenko reached her first WTA final and did so in staggering fashion by beating Agnieszka Radwanska for a second consecutive time en route to working her way to the final.

Later on in the doubles final, Lara Arruabarrena and Irina-Camelia Begu defeated the pairing of Mona Barthel and Mandy Minella, 6-3, 6-3 to lift their maiden crown together.

“This was our first time playing together, so we’re really happy to win,” Begu said. “Lara has so many different skills on the court, like good drop shots and great volleys. She’s really talented.

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