Lisicki survives scare to reach final

German top-seed Sabine Lisicki to take on Karolina Pliskova in the final of the WTA Hong Kong Open after a three-set win

    Lisicki received a wild-card to play in the tournament [Getty Images]
    Lisicki received a wild-card to play in the tournament [Getty Images]

    German top-seed Sabine Lisicki and Czech Karolina Pliskova both survived second-set meltdowns during their semi-finals to set up a title clash in the WTA Hong Kong Open.

    Lisicki, who received a wild-card to play in the tournament, battled past former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours in the $250,000 tournament.

    The world number 31 was broken twice in the second set but regained her composure to stave off the fightback from the Italian, ranked 74.

    Meanwhile, mumber-three seed Pliskova made a brisk start in her semi-final against Alison van Uytvanck, winning the first four games, but the Belgian fought back to win the second set and square the match.

    World number 36 Pliskova suffered an early break in the decider but recovered to win 6-1 4-6 6-4 after a gruelling two-hour match.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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