Makarova tops Pliskova for Pattaya Open crown

The Sports NetworkFebruary 1, 2014 

Pattaya City, Thailand ( - Ekaterina Makarova captured her second career WTA title Sunday with a straight-set victory over Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pattaya Open.

Makarova earned a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) triumph for her first title since 2010 at the Wimbledon tune-up in Eastbourne. She is 2-2 all-time in WTA finals.

Coming off a solid showing at the Australian Open, which included a surprising first-round win over Venus Williams and a fourth-round loss to eventual champion Li Na, Makarova was seeded fourth this week and battled through a trio of three-set matches en route to the final.

The Russian picked up the lone break of serve in Sunday's match for a 5-3 lead in the first set and held in the next game. The second set remained on serve throughout and Pliskova held a couple of set points in the tiebreak.

Makarova saved both before finishing off Pliskova in an hour and 36 minutes.

Pliskova was playing her second WTA final. The 21-year-old Czech beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands last year in Kuala Lumpur for her first title. She also beat Mattek-Sands in the first round this week.

Makarova collected a first prize of $43,000.

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