Wozniacki downs Pliskova to reach Miami final

Caroline Wozniacki booked her place in the final of the WTA Miami Open by rallying to defeat Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.   -  Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki booked her place in the final of the WTA Miami Open by rallying to defeat Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.

Pliskova, who has won titles this year at Doha and Brisbane, also fell at the semifinal stage in Indian Wells two weeks ago but started the early afternoon contest in positive fashion.

The Czech broke Wozniacki in the first game of the match but the Dane fought back and at 5-4 had three set points, which Pliskova manage to deny her. Wozniacki then double faulted to give the Czech a break point, which she took before serving out for the set.

But former World No. 1 Wozniacki, wearing down Pliskova with her solid defense, ran out a comfortable winner in the following two sets to earn a third final appearance of the year.

“I’m not sure how I managed to do that,” Wozniacki said. “It is tough when you lose that first set -- especially having set points, it hits you a little bit. But I got a good start to the second set and that got me going, got me grinding.”

In her two finals this year, both in February, Wozniacki was beaten by Pliskova at Doha and by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina at Dubai.

Pliskova, who began the year with a title at Brisbane, was philosophical about her second semifinal loss of the month.

“I’m definitely positive,” she said. “I’ve won a lot of matches this year. I can’t be too disappointed but obviously I am disappointed to lose two semi-finals especially when I think I could have won both matches.

“Obviously I think I could have done a bit more this year but then again I have never had a start to a season like this.”