Karolina Pliskova stored her hopes for a singles semifinal spot on the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara alive with a spirited comeback victory over her compatriot Barbora Krejcikova on Sunday afternoon.
Within the all-Czech affair, No.3 seed Pliskova overcame 2nd-seeded Krejcikova, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, and improved to 2-1 within the Teotihuacán round-robin group. Krejcikova led by 6-0, 4-2, earlier than Pliskova stormed again to seize the win.
Pliskova will now await the results of the nightcap between Anett Kontaveit and Garbiñe Muguruza. If Kontaveit wins, Pliskova makes the semifinals alongside Kontaveit from that group. If Muguruza wins, Kontaveit and Muguruza shall be that group’s semifinalists.
Quick details: Pliskova had received her two earlier conferences with Krejcikova, however each had occurred whereas Krejcikova was ranked properly exterior the High 200, together with a first-round conflict at 2018 Roland Garros.
Nonetheless, Pliskova prolonged a spotless head-to-head towards this 12 months’s reigning Roland Garros singles and doubles champion with a 2-hour and 7-minute victory.
Former World No.1 Pliskova is probably the most skilled singles competitor on the 2021 WTA Finals, having certified for the final 5 editions consecutively. If she will be able to discover her means into the semifinals, it is going to be the fourth straight version the place she has made it into that spherical.
Stat nook: Pliskova needed to shake off the dire set-and-a-break deficit to show the match round. Within the match as an entire, Krejcikova ended up with extra winners (29 to twenty) and fewer unforced errors (40 to 45), however Pliskova had 4 fewer unforced errors than Krejcikova within the second and third units mixed.
Pliskova, the ace chief for the season so far (387 and counting), fired 11 of these missiles within the encounter, however she was additionally stricken by 12 double faults. Nonetheless, Pliskova held on for her fourth High 10 victory of the season.
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