Karolina Pliskova eliminated Simona Halep from the WTA Championships in Shenzhen behind a 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 victory over the Romanian and reach her third straight semifinal at the year-end event.
“I think overall was a good match,” said Pliskova. “I think a little bit up and down from both of us. But that’s how it is sometimes.
“Semifinal is, of course, great,” she said. “Now third time, so there’s always the chance to go little bit more. That’s my goal for now.”
Tomorrow in the semifinals, Pliskova will collide with No. 1 Ash Barty in a battle of the top two in the world.
“Of course, she’s World No.1, it’s going to be extremely difficult,” Pliskova admitted. “She’s also great on this surface. It suits her well. We did practice last week. It’s not impossible. Of course, my goal now is to go little bit more than last two years.”
Earlier, Elina Svitolina showed no signs of a letdown winning her eighth straight match at the event by beating replacement Sofia Kenin 7-5, 7-6(10).
The defending champion had nothing to play for other than money and points, but didn’t let up.
“Each time I step on the court I have to win,” Svitolina said. “My parents raised me this way. That I have to fight for everything, I have to give 100% each time I play,” she continued. “They would be very angry if I would just give this match to her. And my grandmother, as well – she would be very sad.”
In her semifinal, Svitolina will meet Swiss Belinda Bencic.
“We know all the game style that she has,” said Svitolina. “She takes the ball quite early, and you have to be ready for this game style. For me the main thing is to recover first, to be fresh tomorrow physically and mentally.”
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