WTA Pattaya Open: Ekaterina Makarova wins final in straight sets
Last Updated: 02/02/14 1:50pm
Ekaterina Makarova: Straight sets but a tough contest
Russian Ekaterina Makarova won the WTA Pattaya Open in Thailand with a 6-3 7-6 (9-7) victory over Czech Karolina Pliskova.
It was a second career title for the 25-year-old left-hander from Moscow, who won Eastbourne in 2010, but she was made to battle all the way by the 21-year-old Czech.
World No 66 Pliskova, who was also bidding for a second career title after winning in Kuala Lumpur a year ago, sent down six aces in her opening service game but still had to fight off two break points before holding for 1-1.
She then failed to convert three break points on Makarova's serve in the next game and went on to lose her serve at 4-3 in the only break of the match when she hit a forehand long.
The second set went with serve, with Pliskova failing to convert two further break points to lead 4-2.
In a dramatic second set tiebreak, world No 28 Makarova moved into a 5-2 lead but was pegged back and faced set point at 6-5 after she netted a smash.
Pliskova then served her only double-fault of the match and also failed to win a second set point at 7-6, before Makarova secured victory on her first match point.