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Makarova to face Pliskova in Pattaya Open final

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PATTAYA, Thailand (AP)

Fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Pattaya Open where she will play Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for the first time.

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Makarova is chasing her second career title after winning in Eastbourne in 2010. She needed 1 hour, 46 minutes to eliminate Czech doubles specialist Hlavackova.

''She was playing so aggressive, so flat ... I really wanted to fight to make her move,'' the 28th-ranked Makarova said. ''The final will be similar ... I need to do the same like today, making her (Pliskova) move as much as I can.''

Pliskova served 13 aces to beat Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in 1 hour, 35 minutes. She reached her second career WTA final after winning the title in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Pliskova took a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but failed to convert two match points at 5-2. However, she served out the match at love in the next game.

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