Nottingham semis: Pliskova v Puig, Riske v Saisai
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic fought out of trouble in both sets to beat Ashleigh Barty of Australia 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to reach the Nottingham Open semifinals on Saturday.
Barty had two set points in the first set, and was a break up in the second before leading 4-2 in the last tiebreaker.
Pliskova was to play fourth-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the semifinals late Saturday. The quarterfinals were washed out on Friday.
Puig defeated Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-4, 6-3 to reach her first semis since January in Sydney.
The other semi featured the unseeded Alison Riske of the United States against Saisai Zheng of China. Riske, who won a minor tour event in Eastbourne last week, overcame Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3, and Saisai beat the last local hope, qualifier Tara Moore, 6-2, 6-4.