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Pliskova rallies past Kirilenko to reach Seoul final

Seoul, Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic rallied for a three-set victory over Russia's Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals of the Korea Open.

The second-seeded Pliskova earned a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win on Saturday and will face American Varvara Lepchenko for the title. The fifth-seeded Lepchenko also came from behind to post a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over countrymate Christina McHale.

Pliskova, whose lone WTA title came last year in Kuala Lumpur, will play in her fourth final of 2014. She lost to Ekaterina Makarova in Pattaya City back in February and fell to Eugenie Bouchard in May at Nuremburg before last week's loss to Sabine Lisicki in Hong Kong.

Kirilenko, who entered the tournament as a wild card, was the 2008 Seoul winner and the runner-up in 2007. She hadn't been past the second round in any of her seven previous events this year, a season that started in April after a recovery from a knee injury.

Lepchenko, seeded fifth this week, will play in her first WTA final. Her best previous result was a semifinal loss to Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open tune-up in Stanford last month.

Pliskova won the only prior meeting with Lepchenko, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph five years ago at an ITF event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

This week's champion will claim $111,389.