Germany’s Barthel wins Prague title

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Qualifier Mona Barthel of Germany rallied to win the Prague Open on Saturday, beating unseeded Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Barthel broke Pliskova for a 4-2 lead in the final set before converting her second match point for her fourth WTA title and the first since 2014.
‘’I can’t believe it,’’ Barthel said. ‘’Somehow, I made it. I’m completely exhausted.’’ The 82nd-ranked Barthel saved three match points in the second round of qualifying on her way to victory in the final.
Barthel dropped her serve Saturday to go 3-4 down in the second set but she got a break back in the following game.
The German wasted a set point at 5-4 but converted her second set point to take the set 7-5.
Barthel improved her record against the 58th-ranked Czech to 2-1.
In the first set, Barthel dropped her serve in the opening game with two straight double faults. Pliskova broke her twice more before serving out the set.
‘’I’m sorry I didn’t make it,’’ said Pliskova who was seeking her second WTA title.
Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska has pulled out of the Madrid Open due to a right foot injury but hopes to be fit for the French Open.
World number eight Radwanska has been managing the problem over recent months and was due to take on Misaki Doi in her opening match in Spain.
However, the Pole has withdrawn in order to improve her chances of being in top condition to compete at Roland Garros from May 22.—APP

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