WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova eases into semi-finals with straight-sets demolition of Garbine Muguruza

It was Pliskova's seventh victory from nine starts over Muguruza, who appeared hampered by an upper leg injury, which required strapping early in the match.

AFP October 24, 2017 23:17:40 IST
WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova eases into semi-finals with straight-sets demolition of Garbine Muguruza

Singapore: World No 3 Karolina Pliskova booked a berth in the semi-finals after delivering a masterclass to overwhelm Garbine Muguruza in a straight sets demolition in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Pliskova continued her stranglehold over the World No 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in just 62 minutes. It was her seventh victory from nine starts over the Spaniard, who appeared hampered by an upper leg injury, which required strapping early in the match.

WTA Finals Karolina Pliskova eases into semifinals with straightsets demolition of Garbine Muguruza

Karolina Pliskova beat Garbine Muguruza in just 62 minutes. Twitter/@WTA

Pliskova’s victory means she will finish top of the White Group and knocks out winless No 7 seed Jelena Ostapenko. Muguruza and Venus Williams will fight for the last semi-finals spot from the White Group when they clash on Thursday.

Pliskova came out firing with her trademark serve providing lethal. She had a 70 percent success rate with her first serve in the early going and relentlessly targeted Muguruza’s body.

The 25-year-old cruised through the first set in just 26 minutes and the one-sided rout continued. Pliskova won the first five games of the second set before Muguruza saved some face by winning consecutive games.

But it wasn’t long until Pliskova deservedly sealed her spot in the final four.

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