WTA Pattaya Open: Karolina Pliskova upsets Sorana Cirstea as seeds tumble

Last Updated: 31/01/14 6:48pm

  • Share:
Karolina Pliskova: The Czech youngster reaches her first WTA semi-final

Karolina Pliskova: The Czech youngster reaches her first WTA semi-final

Sky Bet

Karolina Pliskova reached her first WTA semi-final in almost a year after fighting back from two match points down to upset tournament favourite Sorana Cirstea at the Pattaya Open on Friday.

The Czech Republic youngster was 4-5 and 15-40 down in the second set, but managed to hold her serve and then dominate the resulting tie break and deciding set to come through 1-6 7-6 (3) 6-0.

"I didn't expect to win," Pliskova said. "She was playing amazing in the first set and I didn't have any chance to play my game. She was playing fast and she was killing all my second serves.

"In the second set I was just trying to hold my serves and hoped that in the tie break anything could happen."

Pliskova's previous last four appearance was in Kuala Lumpur almost a year ago when she also went on to claim her first and only singles title.

She now faces Julia Georges of Germany who defeated fifth-seeded Elena Vesina of Russia 5-7 6-3 6-4.

Andrea Hlavackova was the second Czech woman to make it through to the semis when she beat eighth-seeded Peng Shuai of China 6-2 7-5.

Hlavackova, a doubles specialist who has two Grand Slam doubles titles, will have to go through Ekaterina Makarova to reach her second singles final after the fourth-seeded Russian overcame veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan 6-2 4-6 6-4.

  • Share:

Related

WTA Pattaya Open 2014

Ekaterina Makarova: Straight sets but a tough contest

Makarova wins in Pattaya

Russian Ekaterina Makarova won the WTA Pattaya Open in Thailand with a 6-3 7-6 victory over Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Ekaterina Makarova: Looking to secure the second singles title of her WTA career

Makarova to take on Pliskova

Ekaterina Makarova booked her place in the final of the Pattaya Open with a 6-3 0-6 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova.

Elena Vesnina: Finished strongly to see off wild card

Vesnina safely through

Seeded players Elena Vesnina and Peng Shuai reached the quarter-finals of the Pattaya Open with straight sets victories.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Murray will make it

Murray will make it

Andy Murray will reach the World Tour Finals, says Barry Cowan, and must use the event as a springboard.

What we learned

What we learned

Alex Williams looks back on the US Open and attempts to draw some conclusions from a dramatic event.

YouTube top five

YouTube top five

Falcao goals, big rugby hits, a hole-in-one and Soccer AM genius... here's what you've been watching.