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Ash Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to reach Stuttgart semis

Prime-ranked Ash Barty moved a step nearer to her first clay title because the 2019 French Open after she got here again from a break down within the deciding set to beat Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 within the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals on Friday.

Pliskova served for the match at 5-Four within the decider however Barty earned 5 break factors and transformed the final. The Australian then held to like and broke Pliskova once more to win when the Czech despatched a forehand lengthy.

“That was an unbelievable match,” Barty mentioned. “Only a actually, actually good battle.”

Pliskova’s late slip meant she nonetheless has not gained three consecutive matches since she reached the Rome last in September. Barty is into her first clay-court semifinals this yr after a quarterfinal exit in Charleston.

Barty will play Elina Svitolina within the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Ukrainian fought again and saved two match factors earlier than overcoming Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 of their quarterfinal.

The second-seeded Simona Halep had much less bother reaching the opposite semifinal. Halep defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1, 6-Four and can subsequent face Aryna Sabalenka.

Sabalenka defeated Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 within the final quarterfinal.

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