Ten­nis - Hib­ino reaches fi­nal in bid to re­tain ti­tle at Tashkent Open

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Nao Hib­ino is one match away from re­tain­ing her ti­tle at the Tashkent Open af­ter beat­ing Denisa Aller­tova 6-2, 6-3 in the semi­fi­nals yes­ter­day. The fourth­seeded Ja­panese player can be­come the first woman to win the Tashkent ti­tle twice if she beats an­other Czech player, Kristyna Pliskova, in to­day’s fi­nal. Pliskova, the iden­ti­cal twin sis­ter of sixth-ranked Karolina Pliskova, beat Kateryna Ko­zlova of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 6-0. Pliskova has won both of her pre­vi­ous matches against Hib­ino. How­ever, those en­coun­ters were on grass rather than the hard-court sur­face used in Tashkent.

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