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Karolina Pliskova ousts Aryna Sabalenka to reach Montreal final

Aug 14, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic hits a shot against Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus (not pictured) during the semifinals at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic hits a shot against Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus (not pictured) during the semifinals at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Karolina Pliskova served 10 aces in a strong effort as she recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday to advance to the title match of the National Bank Open in Montreal.

The fourth-seeded Pliskova converted 4 of 8 break points in the 81-minute semifinal clash to reach her third final of the year. The Czech Republic native lost title matches in Rome and at Wimbledon.

Pliskova will face either American Jessica Pegula or Italy’s Camili Giorgi in the final. The two unseeded women were slated to play later Saturday.

“Amazing feeling to be in another final this year,” Pliskova said after the victory. “I think I was super solid today. Just did everything what I was supposed to do to win this match. Played smart. My serve was pretty good, I have to say.”

Sabalenka had five aces but also committed five double faults. Pliskova had two double faults.

Pliskova has now defeated Sabalenka in back-to-back meetings. She also beat her in the Wimbledon semifinals prior to losing to Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the championship match.

“I believed in the things which we were doing in the beginning of the year, and we still keep doing them, so it’s not about winning or losing,” Pliskova said. “But if you still continue doing these things, I believe the results and the success are going to come.”

One possible problem for Pliskova would arise if Pegula reaches the final. Pliskova is 0-4 against Pegula this year.

–Field Level Media