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Tennis: Pliskova sails into first career final

Karolina Pliskova qualified for her first ever WTA final by crushing fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-0, 6-2 in just 47 minutes on Saturday. The world No. 127, who has not dropped a set in the tournament, said she was surprised by the ease of the victory and by how well she has been playing in the BMW Malaysian Open. "I expected a tough match but and I'm surprised it wasn't," said Pliskova, who turns 21 on March 21.

Tennis: Defending champ Hsieh out of Malaysian Open

Defending champion Hsieh Su Wei lost in the BMW Malaysian Open's quarter-finals Friday, going down 7-5, 6-2 to American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The Taiwanese's defeat, coupled with seed number one Caroline Wozniacki's first-round loss on Wednesday, means no defending champion or top seed has ever won the Malaysian Open. Asked about this "tournament jinx", second seed Hsieh just laughed and said: "It's a new feeling for me because it's the first time I'm defending a title. I tried my best to retain the title and hold on to my ranking points."

Tennis: Morita closer to first title in Malaysia

Japan's Ayumi Morita edged closer to winning her first ever WTA title after reaching the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open on Friday. The fourth seed had to dig deep in the quarter-final before getting the better of qualifier Luksika Kumkhum. The Thai gave as good as she got before Morita stepped up through the gears to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1. "I'm very happy to be in my fourth career semi-finals. I hope to continue doing my best and try to go further this time," she said.

UPDATE 8-Tennis-Malaysian Open women's singles results

Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Malaysian Open Women's Singles matches on Thursday Round 2 2-Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) beat Zhang Shuai (China) 6-2 6-2 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (Austria) beat Wang Qiang (China) 6-3 6-2 3-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzbekistan) 6-3 6-3 Ashleigh Barty (Australia) beat Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) 7-6(3) 6-4 Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) beat 7-Eleni Daniilidou (Greece) 6-2 6-4 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat 5-Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-4 7

Tennis: Morita gives Japan 2-1 lead against Russia

Ayumi Morita gave Japan a 2-1 lead against Russia in their Fed Cup World Group first round tie with a comprehensive straight sets win over Elena Vesnina here on Sunday. Morita won 6-4, 6-1 in one hour 32 minutes to record her second win over Vesnina in their third head-to-head meeting. "I wanted to win very much today and now I'm lucky because I managed to do it," said Morita. "I played well in both my encounters here and I'm really pleased with my performance this weekend."
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