Pliskova takes on Martic at Zhengzhou Open final

The Associated Press
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts after scoring a point against Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, during round three of the US Open tennis championships Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts after scoring a point against Ons Jabeur, of Tunisia, during round three of the US Open tennis championships Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) -- Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the Zhengzhou Open final with a clinical 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic on Saturday.

Pliskova clinched her third straight win against Tomljanovic this season, taking 93% of her first service points to reach her fifth final of the year. She had six aces.

Pliskova's opponent in the final is seventh-seeded Petra Martic, who defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

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Martic won her first title this year - in Istanbul - before she reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time at Roland Garros and made the Top 20 rankings.

The 28-year-old Martic broke three times in a 21-minute opening set and sealed victory with her third ace.

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