EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Dominika Cibulkova reached the Eastbourne International final after dispatching Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.
The Slovak will play Karolina Pliskova for the title after the Czech defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.
Cibulkova always held the upper hand, holding two break points for a 2-0 lead before breaking for 4-2, and again for the set. A further break for 2-0 in the second set put her firmly on the way to a comfortable victory.
“From the first match I was playing really, really good,” said Cibulkova. “I just kept going. I also had no expectations.”
Pliskova will be seeking her second grass-court title in three weeks after lifting the Nottingham trophy.
Neither player faced a break point in the opening set before Konta claimed the tiebreaker.
Pliskova then broke for 3-1 in the second set, and Konta fell while holding three break points in the next game.
Although Konta continued without any apparent ill effects she failed to break serve and also failed to convert a further two break points in the ninth game.
Pliskova then broke serve twice to…