Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches semi­fi­nal at Tianjin Open

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TIANJIN, China (AP) — Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bac­sin­szky both won Fri­day at the Tianjin Open, and they will next face each other in the semi­fi­nals.

The top-seeded Pliskova, who is still hop­ing to qual­ify for a third straight WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, beat Katie Boul­ter 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 de­spite be­ing down a break in the third set.

Bac­sin­szky, who had been side­lined for six months with a right leg in­jury, up­set fourth-seeded Aryna Sa­balenka 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).

Be­fore play­ing in Tianjin, Bac­sin­szky hadn't won a tour-level match since the 2017 Wim­ble­don tour­na­ment.

Sa­balenka was one of five play­ers to en­ter the tour­na­ment with a chance to qual­ify for the WTA Fi­nals, but the loss to Bac­sin­szky ended those chances.

Also, sec­ond-seeded Caro­line Gar­cia ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals when sixth-seeded Pe­tra Mar­tic re­tired with an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury while trail­ing 6-2, 10.

Gar­cia will next play fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei, who also won be­cause of a re­tire­ment. Third-seeded Elise Mertens cited a right arm in­jury for stop­ping the match while trail­ing 6-2, 4-0.

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