The final of the KEB Hana Bank Korea Open was postponed for some six hours but was a short affair once it started, with the 3rd seed Karolina Muchova toppling the 4th seed Magda Linette 6-1, 6-1 in 68 minutes for the first WTA crown!
Back in August, Linette prevailed over Muchova in the quarter-final of the Bronx that lasted for two hours and 45 minutes but stood no chance today, taking six (!!) points on the return and dropping 56% of the points in own service games for one of the most one-sided WTA finals of the season, suffering five breaks from nine chances and playing way below the level of her opponent.
Starting the season from outside the top-140, the Czech has had a breakthrough run so far in 2019, reaching the quarter-final in Doha and playing in the first WTA final in Prague in May, losing it to Jil Teichmann after a great battle.
Muchova was the quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, having to reduce the schedule after that and competing at only two events before Seoul that proved to a lucky charm for her. Karolina broke in the very first game of the match, held at love and broke again to move 3-0 up in no time at all.
A forehand winner pushed the Czech 4-0 in front and her shots were in the zone, dominating on the court and crumbling her opponent with powerful and deep strokes that left Linette without a proper answer. The Pole hit a double fault in the seventh game to hand the set to Muchova who claimed 14 of the first 16 points in set number two for a big step towards the title.
An incredible forehand down the line winner sent Muchova 5-1 ahead and it was all over when she landed a backhand winner in the next game to celebrate the first WTA title in style and continue to progress through the rankings.