Pliskova to face Kerber in Stanford final

Karolina Pliskova is just one match away from her second WTA Tour title in 2015 after booking her spot in the Bank of the West Classic final with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Varvara Lepchenko.

The 23-year-old Pliskova has enjoyed a strong 2015 campaign, having won the Prague Open in May as well as featuring in a further three finals.

Lapchenko entered the match having already completed one upset this week; knocking out top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

However, she could not replicate that form on Saturday, with an error-strewn display allowing Pliskova to claim two breaks of serve in each set.

Next on the agenda for the fourth-seeded Pliskova is a clash with Angelique Kerber of Germany who claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina.

Kerber needed just 56 minutes to get the job done, in a contest in which neither player produced a particularly strong performance on serve. Svitolina was able to hold her serve on just two of eight attempts, and not once in the second set. 

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