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Karolina Pliskova tops Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets to reach final at Dubai Tennis Championships

  • Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Garbine Muguruza of Spain during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Garbine Muguruza of Spain during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic chooses the balls to serve against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic chooses the balls to serve against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Garbine Muguruza of Spain serves the ball to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Garbine Muguruza of Spain serves the ball to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during a semi final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Karolina Pliskova played through a sand storm and advanced to the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 Friday.

The 17th-seeded Pliskova reached her second final of the year. She will next face either top-seeded Simona Halep and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.