Tennis: Pliskova upsets Muguruza to reach Cincinnati final

Pliskova celebrates her win.
Pliskova celebrates her win.PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI (AFP) - Karolina Pliskova upset fourth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday (Aug 20) to move into the final of the Cincinnati Masters.

The 15th seed from the Czech Republic, who fired her 400th ace of the season in the final game, got through just in time as the skies erupted with rain only minutes after the victory.

Pliskova will await a Sunday showdown against the winner from the second semi-final between Olympic silver medallist Angelique Kerber and the Romanian Simona Halep.

Should Kerber win the title on Sunday she would seize the world number one ranking from Serena Williams, who has held it for the last 183 weeks.

At 17 in the world, Pliskova is the lowest-ranked finalist at Cincinnati since 2008, when number 21 Natalie Petrova won the title.