France's Caroline Garcia makes a forehand return to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Kin Cheung
May 25, 2017

STRASBOURG, France (AP) Defending champion Caroline Garcia of France survived an early scare to beat Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets on Thursday and reach the semifinals of the Strasbourg International.

The fifth-seeded Garcia fought back from a double-break down at 5-1 and saved six set points on her way to a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory.

Garcia will next face Daria Gavrilova after she beat fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).

The other semifinal sees another Australian, Samantha Stosur, take on Shuai Peng of China.

Stosur beat Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-4, while Peng defeated Shelby Rogers of the United States 6-0, 6-4.

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