Stuttgart | Pliskova downs Vandeweghe for title
Karolina Pliskova recovered from a slow start to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6(2) 6-4 to claim the Stuttgart Grand Prix title after one and three-quarter hours..
The Czech fifth seed earned her first title of the year but the second clay trophy of her career after Prague three years ago.
I've had a fantastic week. I tried my best in the final but I didn't quite get there. Karolina played really well. I missed this year, but maybe next ... CoCo Vandweghe
“I had such great support this week from the public and my team,” said Pliskova, the first from her country to play in the German final.
“CoCo played so well all week,” she added.
The 16th-ranked Vandeweghe enjoyed a great run after starting as a wild card entry because her agent forgot to enter her in the event.
The Californian, whose career-long aversion to clay began evaporating during the best week of her life on the surface, upset three top 10 players – US Open champion Sloane Stephens, world number one Simona Halep and France’s number seven Caroline Garcia.
“Thanks for the wild card,” Vandeweghe said. “I’ve had a fantastic week. I tried my best in the final but I didn’t quite get there. Karolina played really well. I missed this year, but maybe next…”
Vandeweghe had won three of their four previous meetings, but lost to the Czech in the Stuttgart second round a year ago. The American had not dropped serve in her two wins prior to the final but on Sunday she dropped it three times.