Pliskova Beats Sabalenka Again, Faces Surprising Giorgi In Canadian Masters Final
For the second time in as many months, Karolina Pliskova denied Aryna Sabalenka a spot in a big final. At Wimbledon, Pliskova won in three in the semifinals and then yesterday the Czech had an easier day getting through the top seed 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Canadian Masters final in Montreal.
After a poor nine months or so, Pliskova had turned up her game of late making two huge finals with two wins over Sabalenka who she had never beaten until this run.
“Amazing feeling to be in another final this year,” Pliskova said. “I think I was super solid today. Just did everything what I was supposed to do to win this match. Played smart. My serve was pretty good, I have to say.”
The world No. 6 Pliskova came from a break down in the second to win the last three games of the match.
“I think I just used my brain maybe a bit more,” said Pliskova who is 12-2 in her last 14. “It’s not that I would really play amazing tennis here because every day was a bit windy. I keep having completely different opponents, playing super slow to super fast. I kind of accepted maybe it’s not going to be the nicest way how I win this match. So I didn’t try to go for crazy winners.”
In her 33rd career final, Pliskova will meet the surprising Camila Giorgi. The big-hitting Italian kept her best career week going defeating Jessica Pegula 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
“I’m very happy, because actually today was, I think, a great match, even if the second set maybe I didn’t play my game,” Giorgi said. “I lost a little bit the rhythm. But then I came back and was, I think, a third set, amazing.”
While Pliskova will be the big favorite, Giorgi just beat the former No. 1 at the Olympics a few weeks ago.
“I think it’s going to be another great match,” Giorgi said. “I’m just going to focus on my game, like I do as usual, then we see. It’s going to be a good match.”
Pliskova will seek her third Masters title, 17th overall crown while the 29-year-old Giorgi has her sights set on a third WTA title.
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