Kristyna Pliskova took home her first WTA-level title of her career at the Tashkent Open after beating defending champ Nao Hibino in three sets.
WTA Staff

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Kristyna Pliskova halted Nao Hibino's Tashkent title defense hopes with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory to claim the first WTA-level title of her career at the Tashkent Open.

"I'm very happy to win my first ever WTA title," Pliskova said after the match. "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."

Twin sister to US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, Kristyna came to Tashkent fresh off a title at the WTA 125K Challenger event in Dalian and continued her success in the Uzbekistani capital.

She fired off 10 aces in the hour and forty-six minute encounter against the defending champion and No.4 seed. After weathering a second set letdown - Hibino broke Pliskova's powerful serve three times to take the set - Pliskova righted the ship and closed out her first title.

Pliskova's win also keeps the tournament's record of new champions intact - since the Tashkent Open became a WTA tournament back in 1999 it has never seen a repeat winner.

In addition to their trophies, all of the finalists were also presented with a specially crafted traditional Uzbek chapan, which they showed off during the trophy ceremony at the Tashkent Olympic Tennis School.

In the doubles final, Raluca Olaru and Ipek Soylu defeated Demi Schuurs and Renata Voracova 7-5, 6-3 to claim their first title together.

"I enjoyed playing here, and also I did well in singles and want to come back here, said Soylu who reached the second round in singles after qualifying.

Olaru added: "We are playing together for the second time. We complement each other very well, and I'm happy for Ipek that she won her first title."

Raluca Olaru and Ipek Soylu

- Photos courtesy of Tennis Uzbekistan