Karolina Pliskova rallies to beat Aryna Sabalenka in Wimbledon semifinals

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Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka 5-7 6-4 6-4 and move into the final of Wimbledon.

The first set went with serve until the last game when Sabalenka converted her first break point, having previously defended all the eight she faced. Pliskova’s break point conversion dramatically improved in the next two sets — she earned just one break point per set, but that was enough for her to go a break up each time and hold on to that lead as Sabalenka had no opportunities to take the Czech’s serve.

Pliskova wrapped up the win with her 14th ace. Even though that is a large number of aces, Sabalenka recorded even more — 18, nine of which came in the first set.

Pliskova’s opponent in the title match will be fellow first-time Wimbledon finalist Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Angelique Kerber in the first semifinal on Thursday.


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