Tsonga to meet Goffin for title

By PTI Published on Feb 19, 2017 11:41 AM IST

Rotterdam: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rained down ten aces, finishing off Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes on Saturday to power into a second Rotterdam World tennis final on Saturday.

The French sixth seed will compete for his first title at the Ahoy stadium after finishing runner-up six years ago.Tsonga will play third-seeded David Goffin of Belgium in the final.

Goffin easily won 6-1, 6-3 against French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a doubles specialist ranked only 109 in singles. Tsonga was unstoppable against Berdych, the 2014 champion and 2015 finalist playing his third semi-final at the Dutch event.

Tsonga came good in his second semi-final of the season as he bids for a first trophy since winning at home in Metz, in 2015.

Berdych came to the court with an 8-3 lead in the series, including wins in their last two meetings, one a Doha quarter-final last month.

Tsonga finished with two breaks of the 13th-ranked Czech while never facing a break point in what quickly became one-way traffic. Goffin, who earned revenge in the quarter-finals as he beat Grigor Dimitrov five days after the Bulgarian won the Sofia event at the Belgian’s expense, will be facing Herbert for the first time.

Pliskova triumphs Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time in her career to claim the Qatar Open title on Saturday.

The powerful Czech won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 for her eighth WTA title and her second of the year, after her victory at the Brisbane International last month.

It was the first Qatar title for the world number three and confirms the 24-year-old’s growing reputation as many see her as a potential Grand Slam title winner.

"It’s amazing, it means so much to me to win the tournament,’ she said afterwards. ‘It was an unusual week for me, it was not easy with all the stoppages." Pliskova hit 27 winners and four aces in a match which she controlled from the beginning, after breaking Wozniacki in her first two service games.

Her win was even more impressive given her late arrival in Qatar. Pliskova only arrived in Doha after helping defending champions the Czech Republic into the Fed Cup semi-finals last weekend.

Then her matches in Qatar were delayed by the wet weather, which meant she ended up - like Wozniacki - playing her quarter-final, semi-final and the final within 24 hours of each other.

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