Cibulkova, Pliskova to meet in Kuala Lumpur semifinals

by: AP April 18, 2014

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Friday and reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open.

The 10th-ranked Cibulkova saved 20 break points to prevail over her sixth-seeded opponent after more than 2½ hours.

Cibulkova will play third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey, 6-4, 6-4.

In the other semifinal, second-seeded Shuai Zhang of China will take on Donna Vekic of Croatia.

The 45th-ranked Zhang fought off 10 break points to beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Vekic, who is yet to win a title on the circuit, hit 10 aces to overcome fourth-seeded Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-4, 7-5.

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