Linz, Austria - Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic rallied to defeat Anna-Lena
Friedsam of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday and set up a final against
Camila Giorgi of Italy at the Generali Ladies.
Pliskova is aiming for her third career title and second of the season
after winning in Seoul last month, while Giorgi is chasing her first
Pliskova won the only previous match against the Italian, in Dubai last February.
30th-ranked Pliskova, who was the only seeded player left in the
tournament after the first round, lost four straight games from 2-2 in
the opening set against Friedsam.
The Czech player dominated the second set as Friedsam took a medical timeout for treatment of her abdominal muscles.
dropped 3-1 behind in the final set before winning the next five games
against the 94th-ranked German, who had never been beyond the second
round of a WTA event.
Earlier, Giorgi defeated fellow Italian Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-2.
42nd-ranked Giorgi, who hasn't dropped a set in the tournament, will go
into her second final of the season after losing to Alize Cornet in
Katowice, Poland in April.
Giorgi broke Knapp in the third game to
take the opening set. She dropped serve early in the second but won six
straight games from 2-0 down to close out the win.
Results on Saturday on the sixth day of the WTA Linz Open (x denotes seeded player):
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-4, 6-2
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) bt Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3