October 12, 2014
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova reacts during her final match against Italy's Camila Giorgi at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Pliskova won by 6-7, 6-3 and 7-6. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Kerstin Joensson

LINZ, Austria (AP) Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic saved a match point before defeating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the final of the Generali Ladies on Sunday.

Pliskova led 5-1 in the final set but failed to serve out the match twice. She dropped 6-5 behind but Giorgi sent a backhand into the net on match point. Pliskova converted her first chance in the tiebreaker as a volley by the Italian landed behind the baseline.

''It's an amazing feeling to come back from a match point,'' said the 30th-ranked Pliskova, who received medical treatment for a left thigh injury at the start of the final set.

Pliskova, who was seeded seventh, earned her second WTA title in as many months. She reached back-to-back finals in Hong Kong and Seoul in September, and won the latter for her second career title. She has now improved to 3-3 in career finals.

The 42nd-ranked Giorgi played her second final of the season and is yet to win her maiden trophy.

''I don't know what happened after 5-1,'' Pliskova said. ''Camila is a great player and she played some great shots to get back into the match.''

Pliskova was the only seeded player left in the tournament after the first round. The top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard and No. 2 Ana Ivanovic pulled out injured, and top-25 players Dominika Cibulkova, Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki all lost their opening match.

Pliskova broke Giorgi at 2-2 in the opening set and held off four break points in the next game, but failed to serve out the set at 5-4.

After losing the tiebreaker, Pliskova quickly went 4-0 up and smoothly took the second set before struggling to close out the win in the third.

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