Donna Vekic storms over Sasnovich to set Pliskova clash — WTA Brisbane



The Chan sisters are to take on third seeds Nicole Melichar of the USA and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, who ousted Czech top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 7-5 in the other semi-final.

Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova hits a return against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 4, 2019.

The fifth seed will meet in-form Lesia Tsurenko in Sunday's decider after the unseeded Ukrainian blew by tournament favourite Naomi Osaka in Saturday's other semifinal.

"It was a very odd match today, but the beginning of the sets was very important".

The 26-year-old made 70 percent of her first serves, while Vekic managed just 47 percent of hers in the first set.

Pliskova then missed another chance to seal the win on her own serve before completing the victory as her Australian coach Rennae Stubbs looked on in the stands.

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Pliskova's semifinal clash is set to be against world No. 34 Donna Vekic of Croatia, who defeated Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0 earlier on Friday. The Belarusian netted a forehand to give her serve away once again in game three and Vekic broke her at love in game five following a backhand return victor that put her a game away from victory. "Everything was going well for me".

The 22-year-old Vekic is to finish the week inside the top 30, guaranteeing herself a seeding at the Australian Open. Both players served just above 50% but it was Donna who drew the most from her initial shot, losing just 14 points in seven service games and never facing a break point.

"There's ups and downs in every career, every sport - not only in sport, in life", Vekic said.

"I was a little bit flat after the first set".

The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.

Next up for Sabalenka is Wang Yafan of China, a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 victor over Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu in the other quarterfinal.

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