Vandeweghe reaches Stuttgart final, Pliskova awaits
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 29, 2018 08:34 AM
FILE - CoCo Vandeweghe, of the United States, reacts after winning her match with Karolina Pliskova, of Czech Republic, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Decrow)
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to become the first American to reach the Stuttgart Open final since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.
She will face the fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final.
Pliskova hit six aces and converted three of her eight break opportunities to beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
Vandeweghe, who upset world No. 1 Simona Halep on Friday, lost just two points behind her first serve and never faced a break point against the sixth-seeded Garcia.
"That's a job well done by me, and I can pat myself on the back because that's a really good achievement for me," Vandeweghe said.
Vandeweghe, a wild-card entry, converted all three of her break opportunities as she claimed her third top-10 win of the week and advanced to her first clay-court final.
Vandeweghe and Pliskova will be going for their first singles title of the year.