German Lisicki wins Hong Kong Open

Top-seed wins her first tournament since 2011 with a straight-sets win over Karolina Pliskova in the final.

    Lisicki won her last WTA title in Dallas three years ago [REUTERS]
    Lisicki won her last WTA title in Dallas three years ago [REUTERS]

    Sabine Lisicki won her first WTA title in three years by defeating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Hong Kong Open.

    The 36-ranked Pliskova squandered a 5-1 lead in the first set after she twice broke the top-seeded German before losing the next six games.

    Lisicki fired five aces in the second set and twice broke her Czech opponent's serve, in the fourth and eight games, to clinch the final in just under 90 minutes.

    Lisicki won her last WTA title in Dallas in 2011. It was also her third victory against Pliskova this year after victories at Wimbledon and at the Madrid Open.

    SOURCE: AP


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