Prague Open: Lucky loser Hibino beats Noskova to win third career singles title

The Japanese player won 6-4, 6-1 over the Czech teen to win her first title since 2019

Nao Hibino at the 2023 WTA Prague Open Nao Hibino at the WTA Prague Open 2023 tennis tournament Image Credit: CTK Photobank / Panoramic
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Japanese lucky loser Nao Hibino defeated No 4 seed Linda Noskova 6-4, 6-1 to win the rain-delayed Prague Open title at TK Sparta Praha on Monday.

Hibino completed her semi-final win earlier in the day as rain played havoc with the weekend schedule. She will be back later in the day for the doubles final where she is partnering Oksana Kalashnikova.

Noskova started the final on sa strong note, going up 3-0 in the first set. From there, it was all Hibino as she went on to win 12 of the next 14 games to win the final in one hour and 25 minutes.

This is the 28-year-old Japanese player’s third career singles title after winning in Tashkent in 2015 and Hiroshima in 2019. Hibino also becomes the fifth lucky loser to win a WTA singles title.

Hibino, ranked No 136, beat Italian Sara Errani (7-5, 3-6, 6-4), Slovak qualifier Viktoria Hruncakova (6-1, 7-5), wildcard Tereza Martincova (6-1, 6-2) and Romanian Jaqueline Cristian (6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3) ahead of her win in the final.

Earlier in the tournament, 18-year-old Noskova, ranked No 71, defeated American qualifier Elvina Kalieva (6-1, 6-2), Indian lucky loser Ankita Raina (1-6, 7-5, 6-1), Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (6-0, 6-2) and German qualifier Tamara Korpatsch (6-1, 6-1).

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