Qatar Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Caroline Wozniacki in final

"I think I'm having a great start to the year which is always important", Pliskova said.

Wozniacki then eased past Olympic gold-medallist Puig 6-1 6-2, while Pliskova's semi-final saw her battle to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 triumph against third seed Dominika Cibulkova. (Reaching) the US Open final was my biggest result.

Although Wozniacki has never lost to Pliskova, those wins were three and four years ago and the Czech is a far superior player now.

The quarter-finals of the rain-affected tournament were completed as Wozniacki beat Lauren Davis 7-5 6-1, Pliskova defeated Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-0 and Monica Puig wrapped up a 4-6 7-5 6-4 victory over Daria Kasatkina. The Czech will remain No. 3 in the world rankings.

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"I have a coach now which won Wimbledon twice, so maybe he can help me little bit in this way", she said referring to David Kotyza who coached Petra Kvitova to two Wimbledon singles titles in 2011 and 2014.

"I've been proud of how I've been playing this week", she said. Wozniacki is a counterpuncher, relying on her defensive skills and movement, often frustrating opponents by getting a lot of balls back while using their pace and power against them. "To beat players like (Dominika Cibulkova on Friday) and Wozniacki is something fantastic".

The pair stayed on par in a tightly drawn final set, Pliskova brushing aside Wozniacki's lone break chance to stay on course. "I'm excited to get the trophy, and finally get some new fans here".

"She's playing really well, serving really well".

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