Vandeweghe reaches Stuttgart final, Pliskova awaits

Caroline Garcia returns a shot to Coco Vandeweghe from the U.S. during their semifinal match of the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

Coco Vandeweghe defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 to become the first American to reach the final of the Stuttgart Open since Lindsay Davenport in 2005

STUTTGART, Germany — CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to become the first American to reach the Stuttgart Open final since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.

She will face the fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final.

Pliskova hit six aces and converted three of her eight break opportunities to beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Vandeweghe, who upset world No. 1 Simona Halep on Friday, lost just two points behind her first serve and never faced a break point against the sixth-seeded Garcia.

"That's a job well done by me, and I can pat myself on the back because that's a really good achievement for me," Vandeweghe said.

Vandeweghe, a wild-card entry, converted all three of her break opportunities as she claimed her third top-10 win of the week and advanced to her first clay-court final.

Vandeweghe and Pliskova will be going for their first singles title of the year.

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