No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova put together a dominating performance over Caroline Wozniacki to take home her eighth career title - and her second of 2017 - at the Qatar Total Open.
WTA Staff

DOHA, Qatar - No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova put together a dominating performance over Caroline Wozniacki to take home her eighth career title - and her second of 2017 - at the Qatar Total Open.

The Dane went into their final matchup with a 3-0 lead in the pair's head-to-head record, but Pliskova didn't read the script and overpowered the former World No.1, 6-3, 6-4.

"I think I'm having a great start to the year, which is always important," Pliskova said after the match.

"To beat players like Cibulkova and Wozniacki is something amazing. I've never beat them before, but I was trying really hard this week so I'm really happy with my wins here."

The Czech was in charge from the start, not showing any signs of fatigue after playing two matches on the same day on Friday, where she set a personal record for most aces in a single match. She continued her momentum against Wozniacki, employing her trademark controlled aggression to surge ahead a double break and take a 4-0 lead.

Wozniacki changed up her strategy to get on board and halt her opponent's momentum, stepping into the court and running Pliskova from side to side to target the Czech's biggest weakness: her court movement. But after dropping three straight games, Pliskova got right back on track to reel off the final two and pocket the opening set.

The pair stayed on par in a tightly drawn final set, Pliskova brushing aside Wozniacki's lone break chance to stay on course. The Czech finally got her chance in the final game, flicking over a short, low-floating forehand which Wozniacki buried into the net to give Pliskova the match.

Pliskova's dominating performance is reflected in the numbers: despite Wozniacki hitting a meager five unforced errors during the entire match, she was only to hit nine winners - just a third of Pliskova's 27. The Czech's serve was in full swing too, winning 69% of first serve points and hitting four aces.

"It's been a great week, despite the tough conditions for all of us," Wozniacki reflected at the trophy ceremony. "To be here in the final is something to be really proud of, the way I've been playing this week.

"I'm very disappointed with the loss but Karolina was playing really well. She deserved this one, but I'm going to try to get my revenge next time."

With the victory, Pliskova will jump to No.2 on the Road To Singapore Leaderboard, leapfrogging Australian Open finalist Venus Williams.