Martic sets up final with Pliskova at Zhengzhou Open

Martic sets up final with Pliskova at Zhengzhou Open
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits a return during her women's singles semifinal against Ajla Tomljanovic

Beijing - Seventh seed Martic dispatched Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 6-3



By Reuters

Published: Sat 14 Sep 2019, 4:30 PM

Last updated: Sat 14 Sep 2019, 6:34 PM

Croatia's Petra Martic and top seed Karolina Pliskova marched into the final of the inaugural Zhengzhou Open with commanding straight sets victories on Saturday.
Seventh seed Martic dispatched Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 6-3 in 67 minutes to reach her first Premier showpiece, sealing victory with her third ace of the match.
Mladenovic had a mounting error count and six double faults while Martic, who faced only one break point, broke her unseeded opponent four times, helping her win seven games in a row.
Czech Pliskova dominated her semi-final as she beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2 in 68 minutes. It was her third victory of the year over the Australian after wins in Brisbane and Rome.
World number two Pliskova won 93% of her first serve points, and broke four times en route to her fifth final of the season.
Despite three consecutive double faults in the second set, her superior counter-punching was also on display as she hit 28 winners, while Tomljanovic made 13 unforced errors.
Pliskova will seek her first title in China on Sunday after finishing as runner-up in Zhuhai in 2015 and Tianjin last year.


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