Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Karolina Pliskova through to Tianjin Open semifinals


Britain's Katie Boulter missed out on the biggest win of her career, losing in three sets to world number six Karolina Pliskova in the Tianjin Open quarter-finals.

Pliskova, now eighth in the Race to Singapore standings, is battling for one of the three available spots in the season-ending tournament starting on October 21. "I played more aggressive, I thought, and she didn't have time much to play her game, and that was the difference".

The fifth seed is next to face Caroline Garcia of France after her sixth-seeded opponent, Croatian Petra Martic, retired trailing 6-2, 1-0.

Caroline Garcia is bidding for her first final since completing the Asian double with Wuhan and Beijing trophies past year.


"The first and second rounds gave me a lot of confidence - that's why today I played really well", Zhang said. "I'll try my best tomorrow".

The Swiss was reduced to tears after coming out on top in a second tie-break, ensuring Sabalenka's late charge for a WTA Finals spot came up short. A victory today would mark her first final since Rabat 2016. It was Pliskova's fourth consecutive win in the last two years over Bascinszky, who is returning from a long layoff with a right leg injury. The No. 5 seed progressed ahead of Elise Mertens who retired with the score 6-2, 4-0.

Boulter, now ranked 101 in the world, is still likely to break into the world's top 100 for the first time.

The two-time French Open semi-finalist, down at 329 in the world rankings, reached the final of an ITF event in Biarritz last month and showed she is back in business by beating Sabalenka 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) on Friday.

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