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By Adrianna Outlaw | Friday, August 7, 2015

 
Varvara Lepchenko

Varvara Lepchenko beat Mona Barthel to set up a Stanford semifinal against No. 4 seeded Karolina Pliskova in a rematch of the 2014 Seoul final.

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Varvara Lepchenko continues to score high marks on campus.

Growing stronger as the match progressed, Lepchenko fought back for a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3, over Mona Barthel to surge into her second straight Stanford semifinal. 

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Lepchenko, who upset top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki yesterday for her third career Top 10 victory, has regained her form and confidence in her Stanford return. The left-hander had lost in the opening round of seven straight tournaments before her run to the final four this week.

Earlier, Elina Svitolina defeated Alison Riske, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

The No. 8 seeded Svitolina will face either second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska or fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber for a spot in the final. Both Radwanska and Kerber are former Stanford finalists.

The 60th-ranked Lepchenko will play Karolina Pliskova in Saturday's semifinals.

The No. 4 seeded Pliskova saved all six break points she faced in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ajla Tomljanovic. Pliskova smacked five of her nine aces in the second set, wrapping up the win in 69 minutes.

It is the sixth semifinal of the season for Pliskova, who will crack the WTA Top 10 for the first time when the new rankings are released on Monday.

The Pliskova-Lepchenko match is a rematch of the 2014 Seoul final, which Pliskova won, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-2,  


 

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