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Pliskova overcomes rain, Martic to win Zhengzhou Open

Zhengzhou Open 2019 - Day 7

ZHENGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 15: Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic celebrates with the champion trophy after the singles final match against Petra Martic of Croatia on day seven of Zhengzhou Open 2019 at Zhongyuan Tennis Training Base Management Center on September 15, 2019 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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ZHENGZHOU, China -- Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova overcame rain delays and an early deficit to beat Petra Martic 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Zhengzhou Open on Sunday.

Rain halted play in the first set after seventh-seeded Martic went 2-0 ahead.

When play resumed, Pliskova won the next three games and broke Martic to lead 5-3 before serving out to win the first set.

Pliskova broke Martic in the second set to take a 2-1 lead and held serve before play was suspended again.

Pliskova once more came back strongly after the delay, breaking her opponent again before winning in 1 hour, 36 minutes.

Pliskova had lost to Martic in four of their previous five encounters, including a 6-3, 6-3 loss at the French Open third round.

The final had been delayed by nearly six hours after torrential rain all day.

Martic won her first title this year - in Istanbul - before she reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time at Roland Garros and made the Top 20 rankings.

Pliskova clinched her fourth title of 2019, adding to wins in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne.