Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic celebrates after winning her match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the semi-finals of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on February 20, 2015 in Dubai. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB
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Karolina Pliskova, the steep-serving 22-year-old from Prague who last month became the youngest player in the current top 20, reached the biggest final of her career with her third outstanding win at the Dubai Open.In the fraught final game Pliskova was prepared to gamble on hitting flat and hard, something which paid off as she clawed back four points in a row, and six out of seven, to close the match out.Pliskova looked the more dominant player in the first set but took a long time to make it count, needing 10 break points before she was able to convert one.Muguruza made better progress in the second set, earning in the sixth game four break points, none of which she was able to convert, and getting one set point in the ninth game.
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