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Karolina Pliskova edges Alison Riske for Nottingham title

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Karolina Pliskova put in a gritty performance to win her fifth WTA Tour title at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

The world number 17 and top seed in the tournament saw off American Alison Riske in a 7-6 (8), 7-5 straight sets success but it was far from comfortable for her.

Pliskova, who has been battling with a hip injury throughout the tournament, staved off six set points in the first and a further one in the second as she repelled a strong effort by Riske.

And with Wimbledon approaching in a fortnight, the Slovakian is pleased for some early success in the grass and hopes it will help her get past the second round at SW19 for the first time.

"It's been a great week for me, I really didn't count on having such early success on the grass so I am feeling good ahead of Wimbledon," she said.

"I am just happy with the matches I have played, I have got some hours on the grass now and I can go to Birmingham and even if I don't do anything there I have some matches under my belt ahead of Wimbledon."

If it was time on the court she was after then her run at Nottingham has certainly delivered that, having had to play twice on Saturday to clear a backlog of fixtures owing to Friday's rain.

And Riske put her to the test in the two-hour contest with a dogged display, with Pliskova conceding that her opponent was the better player.

"It was definitely not an easy match, I think she was playing better than me today," she added.

"It was a very tough battle. There were parts of the match where she was better. She played some good tennis and she is tough to play on grass."

Riske, who won an ITF event in Eastbourne last week, is enjoying her time in England but was left to rue her missed opportunities.

"I felt like I gave myself a lot of opportunities," she said, "But I felt like when I gave myself chances she would play a good point or serve an ace.

"Congratulations to Karolina, she is a great champion. It was a brutal match because she played so well.

"It's been a great two weeks for me and I always love coming to the grass and to England. Wimbledon is my favourite stop and everything leads to that. I hope to continue playing well in the coming weeks."

Pliskova now heads to Birmingham to take part in the Aegon Classic.