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Makarova takes her second WTA title at Pattaya Open

Updated: Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 17:01 | Comments

Ekaterina Makarova: 'I needed to be very focused on my returns to make the points'
Ekaterina Makarova: 'I needed to be very focused on my returns to make the points'

Ekaterina Makarova claimed her second career WTA title with victory over Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pattaya Open today.

The Russian got the better of her Czech opponent in a tight tussle during which both players demonstrated rock-solid service games, with the only break of the contest going to Makarova in the first set.

A tie-breaker was needed to separate the two in a hard-fought second, Makarova twice forced to see off set-point chances before sealing a 6-3 7-6 (9/7) triumph.

Makarova must have known she was in for a tough assignment when Pliskova sent down six aces in her opening service game, but weaknesses elsewhere in her opponent's armour ensured the world number 28 had just enough to add a second WTA crown to her maiden title at Eastbourne in 2010.

"I'm really happy I could win today," Makarova said on wtatennis.com. "It was a nervous ending and a really tough match, and she was playing really great tennis today.

 "She was serving especially well. I needed to be very focused on my returns to make the points. This is my second WTA title, so I'm really happy about it."

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