Pliskova overcomes Kuzmova to reach last four in Tashkent

Fifth seed Kristyna Pliskova is into the Tashkent Open semifinals, along with Alison Van Uytvanck, Sorana Cirstea and Katarina Zavatska.

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Kristyna Pliskova made serene progress into the Tashkent Open semifinals as the 2016 champion beat top seed Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets.

Fifth seed Pliskova broke in Kuzmova's first service game en route to a 3-0 lead and won five successive games in the second set, eventually converting match point at the third time of asking to clinch a 6-3, 6-4 success.

Pliskova, whose only previous singles title on the tour came at this event in 2016, now faces Alison Van Uytvanck in the semifinals after the Belgian breezed past Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea outlasted Danka Kovinic 7-5 5-7 6-1 in just under two and a half hours and her next opponent is Katarina Zavatska, who only dropped two games in ousting Anna Kalinskaya.