Miami Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Simona Halep to setup final vs Ashleigh Barty

first_imgCzech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova will meet Ashleigh Barty in Saturday’s final, after the 12th seeded Australian beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-3 in the other semi-final on a day that tested their patience with a seemingly endless number of rain delays.Pliskova and Romanian Simona Halep played a tight first set, which Pliskova eventually clinched with some outstanding court coverage as she used her long reach to chase down a series of shots by Halep that would have been winners against many a player.Suitably buoyed, Pliskova raced through the second set and was on the brink of victory, up 5-0 when another shower sent the players to the locker room as the clock struck [email protected] storms to take the final four games and the opening set, 7-5! #MiamiOpen (@WTA) March 29, 2019They eventually returned an hour later for Pliskova to close it out in a near-empty arena.Earlier, Barty was forced to wait out an hour-long rain delay before her match and when it started, she and 21st seed Kontaveit were only on the court for about five minutes before weather halted play again.They returned about two-and-a-half hours later to play one more game and then headed back to the locker room for a third rain delay, this time for two hours.Yippee. Another rain delay.Words currently banned from our mentions:- Roof- RainWe’ll keep you updated as we learn more.Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 29, 2019Barty finally secured the win with an ace on her second match point, six-and-a-half hours after the original scheduled start.advertisement”I have been here for 12 hours today, but really happy with the way I was able to come out after the rain delays and kind of get on the front foot pretty early,” said Barty, 22, who has three career titles.”I did the best with what I had and was able to get out of some tight service games at crucial times and get a bit of a roll on.”Also Read | Miami Open: Ashleigh Barty battles past Anett Kontaveit to reach finalAlso Read | Australian Open 2019: Sharapova-slayer Ashleigh Barty once played Big Bash LeagueAlso Read | Australian Open: Petra Kvitova beats Ashleigh Barty to reach semi-finalsAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians eye first winlast_img

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