Pliskova saves seven set points on way to Nottingham victory


Karolina Pliskova claimed the fifth WTA title of her career at the Nottingham Open on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Alison Riske.

Both finalists had played twice on Saturday to book their place in the showpiece event at the grass-court championship, and Pliskova - playing with strapping on her leg - just edged a tight encounter 7-6 (10-8) 7-5.

The weather delayed either's chance of a quick victory as rain meant a two-hour wait to get on court.

Pliskova did not have it all her own way, as Riske applied plenty of pressure in the opening set, but the American wasted six set points.

Unsurprisingly they cost her as Pliskova worked an opening for herself and duly converted to take a 1-0 lead after an hour on court.

And another lapse in concentration late in the second saw Riske's challenge come to an end, Pliskova breaking three times to seal her first title of 2016 after saving another set point.