Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of the French Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Pliskova reached the U.S. Open final last year, but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances.
On a sunny Court Philippe Chatrier, she lobbed Garcia from the back of the court to give herself two match points.
She only needed one, winning with a crosscourt forehand winner. Pliskova will next play either No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania or No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals of the French Open after saving a match point, beating Elena Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0.
The third-seeded Halep, who trailed 5-0 in the first set, was down 5-1 in the second. She bounced back and then saved a match point in the tiebreaker.
Halep, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, will next face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova.
Published Date: Jun 07, 2017 20:29 PM | Updated Date: Jun 07, 2017 20:29 PM