Karolina, Caro­line in semis show­down

New Straits Times - - Sport -

M IA M I: Czech sec­ond seed Karolina Pliskova avenged her Aus­tralian Open quar­ter-fi­nal loss to Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the 26th-seeded Croa­t­ian to se­cure a spot in the Mi­ami Open semi-fi­nals on Tues­day.

Af­ter Karolina had booked her last-four berth, Dan­ish 12th seed Caro­line Woz­ni­acki set up a show­down against the 25-yearold with a 6-4, 6-3 vic­tory over an­other Czech, Lu­cie Sa­farova, to ad­vance.

Mir­jana, seek­ing to build on her ca­reer-re­viv­ing run in Aus­tralia, did well to neu­tralise Karolina’s pow­er­ful serve early in the match but was not able to back it up when it was her turn to hold.

The 35-year-old Croa­t­ian, who rolled back the years with a run to the last four in Aus­tralia, served nine dou­ble faults dur­ing the open­ing set — in­clud­ing on set

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