Karolina, Caroline in semis showdown
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