Karolina Pliskova breezes past Ana Konjuh to reach US Open semi-finals: ‘My serve was very good today’

“I’m so excited to be in my first semi-final,” said Pliskova, 24, who had failed to make it out of the third round in 17 prior grand slam appearances.
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, celebrates after defeating Ana Konjuh, of Croatia, during the quarter-finals of the US Open, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in New York. Julio Cortez / AP Photo
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, celebrates after defeating Ana Konjuh, of Croatia, during the quarter-finals of the US Open, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in New York. Julio Cortez / AP Photo

NEW YORK// Czech Karolina Pliskova blew past Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

Tenth-seeded Pliskova, who survived a match point in her fourth-round victory over sixth-seeded Venus Williams, will face either world No 1 Serena Williams or fifth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep for a place in Saturday’s championship match.

“I’m so excited to be in my first semi-final,” said Pliskova, 24, who had failed to make it out of the third round in 17 prior grand slam appearances.

Having broken through to the quarters she didn’t waste her opportunity.

With a quick break under her belt in the opening game she was able to swing freely and needed just 57 minutes to subdue Konjuh, who upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.

“I think it was the serve,” said Pliskova, who finished off the match with two of her three aces. “My serve was very good today.”

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Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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