With No.1 seed Serena Williams and No.2 seed Li Na being upset the past two days, Radwanska suddenly found herself as the highest seed remaining. Second round opponent Pliskova came into this match-up in good form, having reached her third WTA final and second this season last week at the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP, where she also recorded her first Top 10 win over Angelique Kerber.
Up a set but in a potential trouble spot down 4-3 in the second set, Radwanska captured three games in a row to seal her 6-3, 6-4 victory. It was quite a similar score to Radwanska's 6-4, 6-4 triumph in her lone previous clash with Pliskova in Kuala Lumpur in 2012.
By The Numbers
Radwanska fared better in two of the all-important categories, winners and unforced errors. She had 23 winners compared to 16 for Pliskova and 15 unforced errors compared to 23 for Pliskova. And though Pliskova leads the WTA in aces this season, she only managed to get one by Radwanska.