Gauff beats Pliskova in Berlin for first grass semifinal

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BERLIN (AP) — Coco Gauff reached the semifinals on grass for the primary time after beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 on the Berlin Open on Friday to arrange a match with Ons Jabeur.

Already in uncharted territory in her first quarterfinal on grass, the 18-year-old French Open finalist needed to struggle again from 2-0 down at first of every set in opposition to an opponent who was the Wimbledon runner-up final yr.

Gauff stated she wanted a while to seek out her rhythm, and located the reply by mixing up her photographs to incorporate extra slices.

“It was actually robust to be trustworthy. I needed to give you a pair totally different recreation kinds that I usually don’t use, however typically it’s like that,“ she stated.

Pliskova missed out on what would have been her first closing since August. The Czech participant missed the primary two months of this season when she broke her arm in an accident whereas coaching within the gymnasium.

Fourth-ranked Jabeur received in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 to succeed in the semifinals.

Within the different half of the draw, sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari is one other first-time semifinalist on grass following her quickfire 6-0, 6-3 win over French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina.

Kasatkina dropped the primary set in her earlier two matches in Berlin this week earlier than comeback wins however couldn’t discover a method again in opposition to Sakkari’s energy hitting.

“I’m more than happy that I had the proper recreation plan. I went for it, I used to be very aggressive and I actually loved it,“ stated Sakkari, who has received three straight matches for the primary time since March and her run to the Indian Wells closing.

The Greek participant will face Belinda Bencic within the semifinals after she beat Veronika Kudermetova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Coco Gauff of the USA returns throughout her quarterfinal tennis match in opposition to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on the WTA Tour match in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 17, 2022.

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