French Open: Karolina Pliskova ends French presence to reach last four

Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates after winning her French Open quarter final match against France's Caroline Garcia on June 7, 2017.
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates after winning her French Open quarter final match against France's Caroline Garcia on June 7, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova reached the French Open semi-finals with a 7-6(7-3), 6-4 victory against Caroline Garcia, ending the French presence in the main draw on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Czech, who had never got past the second round here before this edition, mastered windy conditions to set up a meeting with either Romania's Simona Halep or Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

Relying on her powerful serve and groundstrokes, the 25-year-old also benefitted from 28th seed Garcia's numerous unforced errors.

She sealed the victory in a tight contest on her first match point with a forehand winner down the line.