Eguchi, Pliskova take contrasting routes to Dalian final


Misa Eguchi and Kristyna Pliskova progressed to the final of the Dalian Women's Open on Saturday with contrasting levels of ease.

Seventh seed Eguchi came through a gruelling battle with Grace Min - who had eliminated top seed Wang Qiang in the last eight - to book her place in a WTA singles final for the first time.

The Japanese eventually prevailed 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-3, in a contest that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.

Pliskova - whose twin sister Karolina plays Angelique Kerber in the US Open final - also has the chance to win her maiden WTA singles crown on Sunday.

Her place in the final was secured when Han Xinyun retired trailing 4-1 in the first set.