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Caroline Wozniacki, left, of Denmark, and Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, congratulate each other after Wozniacki defeated Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, during a tennis match at the Miami Open, Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Resurgent Wozniacki Tops Pliskova to Reach First Miami Open Final

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A determined Caroline Wozniacki recovered from a set down to reach her first Miami Open final on Thursday with a three sets win over No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova.

The No. 12 seed had an opportunity to take the first set at 5-4 but Pliskova was able to hold and take the next two games to wrap up the first set 7-5.

"Yeah, she started off really strongly and had quite a few winners to start off the match," reflected Wozniacki. "I was like, Okay, welcome to the semifinals."

In the second set, Wozniacki raced to a 3-0 lead, losing only one game to take the second set, level the match.

The third set was all about the Dane as she ran away with the set, closing the match 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Wozniacki, who has never made the final of the Miami Open, was excited to make the trip for the first time.

"It's extremely special," said the enthused Dane "Having a place here, training here in the offseason, playing kind of on home advantage, it's special to be in my first finals here. I'm extremely excited."

The former No. 1 is having a great start of the year as this is her third final of the season, having reached the finals of Qatar Open (lost to Pliskova) and Dubai Duty Free Tennis championships (lost to Elina Svitolina).

She now awaits the winner of Johanna Konta and Venus Williams. She is 0-7 in her head-to head with Williams and 0-1 against Konta.


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