March 31, 2015 / 10:19 PM / 2 years ago

Petkovic into Miami semis after beating Pliskova

Andrea Petkovic celebrates after her match against Karolina Pliskova (not pictured) on day nine of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Petkovic won 6-4, 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

MIAMI (Reuters) - Germany’s Andrea Petkovic booked her place in the semi-finals at the Miami Open after a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday.

Petkovic made a blistering start, going up 4-1 in the first set but the 23-year-old Pliskova powered her way back to 4-4 and then had three break points - all of which the German saved.

Petkovic, the 2011 Miami semi-finalist, won the next five games and wrapped up the match in one hour 13 minutes.

“I was playing really well at the start but I couldn’t see the ball on my serve with the sun on one side and I was struggling,” said Petkovic.

“Karolina also started playing really well and I was a little lucky at the end of the first set. But then I got better and better from there,” she said.

In the last four, Petkovic will face the winner of Tuesday’s other quarter-final between Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro.

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Frank Pingue

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