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Pliskova shows grit to advance

 

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

By Eleanor Crooks

Karolina Pliskova won a see-saw match against Simona Halep to claim the last semi-final spot at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

The World No.2 ran away with the first set but dropped the second and trailed 2-0 in the decider.

But Wimbledon champion Halep, the fifth seed, then went completely off the boil as Pliskova came back to win 6-0 2-6 6-4.

Czech Pliskova will face Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the last-four.

Earlier, defending champion Elina Svitolina ensured she remained unbeaten in the group stage after dispatching alternate Sofia Kenin of the United States.

The eighth seed had already been assured of a place in the semi-finals but she still battled hard for a 7-5 7-6 (10) win in two hours and 10 minutes.

Svitolina said: "Each time I step on the court I have to win. My parents raised me this way - I have to fight for everything, I have to give 100 per cent each time I play."

Svitolina will face seventh seed Belinda Bencic for a place in the final.

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