Karolina Pliskova qualified for her first-ever WTA final by crushing fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-0, 6-2 in just 47 minutes yesterday.
The world No. 127, who has not dropped a set in the tournament, said she was surprised by the ease of the victory and by how well she has been playing in the BMW Malaysian Open.
“I expected a tough match, but I’m surprised it wasn’t,” said Pliskova, who turns 21 on March 21.
“I’ve been better in other tournaments, but the results were not as good as this. I’m excited to play in my first final. I’m quite surprised I have yet to drop a set, but I did tell myself I must finish the matches off quickly as the weather is really tough,” the Czech Republic player added.