SEOUL, South Korea – No.3 seed Karolina Muchova had to wait six hours to take to the court for the KEB Hana Bank Korea Open final due to rain – but wasted no time once there, racing to her maiden title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over No.4 seed Magda Linette in one hour and eight minutes.
The pair’s only previous encounter had been a two-hour, 45-minute epic in the Bronx quarterfinals last month, won 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3) by Linette on the way to her own first WTA trophy.
In today’s rather more straightforward encounter, though, Muchova was near-untouchable as the Czech, who had lost her first final at home in Prague in May to Jil Teichmann, sought to achieve yet another milestone in her career-best season.
“It was a very long day for both of us. We were here since 10 in the morning and everyone was still sitting here in the rain, but we really appreciate everyone who stayed and supported us,” Muchova said on-court during the trophy ceremony.
“I’m really happy that I finally made it through a final, because I played one already this year and it didn’t go super well. I’m very happy to hold a trophy and I will enjoy that. It’s definitely nice, and I need to keep working.”