Katie Boulter of Britain hits a return against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their women's singles quarter-final match of the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 12, 2018.
In a back-and-forth first set, Boulter, playing against a top-10 opponent for the first time, claimed an early break, which she immediately surrendered.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a return against Katie Boulter of Britain in their women's singles quarter-final match of the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 12, 2018.
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The current world number 101 dropped serve to trail 5-4 but then reeled off three games in a row, including back-to-back breaks, to gain the initiative in the contest.
That seemed to fire up Pliskova, however, who used her intimidating serve and groundstrokes to overpower Boulter, who was bagelled in the second set.
Boulter, though, stole a march on her opponent in the decider as she went 2-0 ahead but, as in the first set, Pliskova broke straight back.
Pliskova claimed the decisive break in the seventh game and went on to wrap up victory in two hours and eight minutes.