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3 - 11 feb. 2024 Cluj-Napoca

Karolina Pliskova is the new champion of the Transylvania Open tournament!

Karolina Pliskova is the new champion of the Transylvania Open, after a victory in the final against Ana Bogdan.

It was 6-4, 6-3 for Pliskova, who concludes this week in Cluj in the best possible way. On her way to the trophy, Pliskova defeated Sinja Kraus, Camila Osorio, Sara Errani, Harriet Dart, and Ana Bogdan, each in straight sets. In the five matches played, Pliskova did not drop a single set and lost only 28 games. The Czech becomes the second player to win the Transylvania Open without losing a set, after Anett Kontaveit (2021). The Transylvania Open trophy is Pliskova’s 17th career title, coming after an almost four-year hiatus.

Before the Transylvania Open, Pliskova had won only five matches since May 2023, had not strung together two victories in a tournament since April (Stuttgart), and her last significant result came in 2022, at the Rogers Cup, where she reached the semifinals. Her last trophy was won in 2020, at Brisbane.

Pliskova prevailed over Ana after a match that, with few exceptions, she controlled, managing to impose her game and shots most of the time. The final was largely about Pliskova. Ana tried, fought to come back, and had a few series of spectacular points and games, but in the end, Pliskova proved to be too strong.

When she needed her serve, the Czech player produced unreturnable serves. When it was necessary to come back, she did so promptly and then managed to control the game.

The differences in the first set were small. Ana started better, more aggressively, but it was enough to let her guard down for a short time for Pliskova to come back, take the initiative, and lead the game. Bogdan started with a 3-0 lead, but Pliskova came back, equalized, and took advantage of the smallest opportunity to take the first set. At 5-4, when Ana served to stay in the set, Pliskova made a flawless return game, winning it to love. Apart from that small but decisive exception for the first set, there was not a major difference between the two: Pliskova won the first set only four points more than Ana – but those four points were won by Pliskova exactly when they mattered most.

For Ana, regardless of the outcome of this final, the week in Cluj remains extraordinary. The sought-after title did not come this time, but precisely this journey at the Transylvania Open, the attitude shown in all matches, and the level she reached should show her and motivate her that she is closer than she thinks to that trophy. As for Pliskova, this success in Cluj can be a big step towards her return to the forefront of world tennis.

With this trophy, she will approach re-entering the top 50 WTA (rising to around 58th place, as of tomorrow) and, more importantly, will gather enough confidence for the rest of the season.