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Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open semis

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Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open semis
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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia returns a shot against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during their quarterfinal match at the WTA Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Friday and reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open.

The 10th-ranked Cibulkova saved 20 break points to prevail over her sixth-seeded opponent after more than 2 1/2 hours.

Cibulkova will play third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey, 6-4, 6-4.

In the other semifinal, second-seeded Shuai Zhang of China will take on Donna Vekic of Croatia.

The 45th-ranked Zhang fought off 10 break points to beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Vekic, who is yet to win a title on the circuit, hit 10 aces to overcome fourth-seeded Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-4, 7-5.

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