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Swiatek books semifinal with Jabeur in Stuttgart

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 - Day 7

STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Iga Swiatek of Poland in action against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the quarter-final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart 2023 at Porsche Arena on April 21, 2023 in Stuttgart, Germany (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Top-ranked Iga Swiatek rallied to beat Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 for a place in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.

Swiatek hadn’t played since last month in the Indian Wells semifinals because of a rib injury but began her clay season with a convincing win over Zheng Qinwen.

She next faces third-seeded Ons Jabeur, who eased into the semifinals against Beatriz Haddad Maia by 6-3, 6-0 in their quarterfinal.

Also, second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka rallied to defeat Spain’s Paula Badosa 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semis for a third straight year. The Belarusian next faces Anastasia Potapova, who also came from a set down to upset fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.