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Pliskova downs Wozniacki in Qatar Open final

Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova has claimed her first Qatar Open title with a straight sets victory over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki. Second-seeded Pliskova won 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday evening's final.

Pliskova had lost her three previous matches against the Dane, although they all were played in 2013 and 2014 before she became a top-10 player.

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Jack Sock top pick in 2017 Mylan WTT Marquee Draft

Jack Sock, the top-ranked American on the ATP World Tour, is also the top selection in the 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft. The Springfield Lasers tabbed the Missouri resident with the first overall pick in today’s draft. Other top names set for action this summer include Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, and Bob and Mike Bryan returning for the Washington Kastles; John Isner, Eugenie Bouchard and Mardy Fish heading to the New York Empire; and Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens joining the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Team lineups will be finalized at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on March 14 in Indian Wells, Calif. The regular season schedule for the 2017 edition of Mylan WTT presented by GEICO will be released in early March. The six teams will play 14 regular season matches between July 16-August 2 with the top two teams advancing to the Mylan WTT Finals on Saturday, August 5.

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Davis Cup: India to face Uzbekistan in Bengaluru on April 7th

Bengaluru will host the second round of the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie between India and Uzbekistan which is due to start on April 7, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced on Thursday.

The last time Bengaluru hosted a Davis Cup tie was a World Group play-off against Serbia in 2014.

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Netherlands to host UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters and BNP Paribas World Team Cup

The ITF has announced that Netherlands will stage two of wheelchair tennis’s major events in 2017 and 2018. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be held in Bemmel in 2017-18, while the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will take place in Apeldoorn. Both events will be hosted by the Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) in the province of Gelderland.

One of the most successful nations in the history of wheelchair tennis, Netherlands has already staged several of the sport’s major events. Bemmel will become the third Dutch city to host the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters, with the first three events held in Amersfoort from 2000-02, and the 2011-2012 editions stages in Amsterdam. The 2017 event will be held in November with the dates still to be confirmed.

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Canada to host Kazakhstan in the Fed Cup

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Tuesday that Canada will face Kazakhstan in the Fed Cup World Group II playoffs. The tie will be played in Canada on April 22 and 23, 2017. The location, the choice of surface, and the composition of both teams will be announced later.

“Our young team showed a lot of good things last week. After a difficult year in 2016, we have the chance to look forward and prepare for our next challenge,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “We have the opportunity to play at home after two straight road ties and it’s up to us to take advantage of it. We have proven that we can reach the World Group and we will work hard over the next few years to get there again.”

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Dimitrov downs Goffin to claim title on home turf

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov won the final of the ATP 250 Garanti Koza Sofia Open with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over David Goffin of Belgium.

The local favourite, Dimitrov, on Sunday lifted his second ATP title for this season and the sixth in his career, warmly applauded by 12,000 spectators in Arena Armeec Hall. In January, Dimitrov had won the Brisbane International.

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Canada wins Fed Cup Americas Zone Group I

After finishing atop Group A at the Fed Cup Americas Zone Group I event, Canada contested the final against Chile on Saturday in Metepec, Mexico.

Canada remained undefeated in the competition and were crowned champions following a 2-0 triumph over Chile. Fed Cup rookie Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) won her third straight singles match of the week 6-2, 6-2 over Barbara Galtican in 59 minutes to give her country a 1-0 lead. Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) sealed the deal for Canada thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Daniela Seguel 6-1, 6-3. This week, Andreescu went undefeated in her Fed Cup debut, winning four singles matches and two more in doubles.

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