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Halep tames Pliskova to win Hua Hin exhibition

Dec 24. 2017
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngaim
The Nation

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Hua Hin - World No 1 Simona Halep got off to a great preparation for the new season as she tamed No 4 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2 6-3 to win the Intercontinental World Tennis Thailand Championship on Sunday at the True Arena Hua Hin.

The 26-year-old Romanian was the more energetic and solid between the two payers, chasing down all shots with enthusiasm while Pliskova was overwhelmed with unforced errors and moved a step slower.

Pliskova who finished runner-up in the Pattaya Open three years ago has had a sore throat since on Saturday. She just arrived Thailand on Friday’s afternoon.

In the third place play-off, Johanna Konta of Great Britian beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-3. 

Pliskova said: “I had good two matches. It was tough to beat her today. But I think I played  solid since yesterday.”

Halep who will stay in Hua Hin for a few days before flying to China to play a WTA event said: “

“I’m happy I could win two matches. Someone told me if you win here you will win the Australian Open. If I don’t win, it’s not my fault OK?” 

Simona Halep is stunned by what is supposed to be her abstract drawing as Karolina Pliskova is laughing during the trophy presentation.

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