British number one Johanna Konta beats US Open runner-up to reach China Open quarters
Konta unsettled Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, with clever use of the drop shot and agile net play.
Pliskova is known for blowing hot and cold and while her heavy serve was almost unplayable in the second set, her often error strewn groundstrokes returned to haunt her in the decider.
“It came down to who could find that little bit extra at the end,” said Konta,
The tournament’s No1 seed Angelique Kerber suffered a shock 6-3 7-5 defeat at the hands of Elina Svitolina.
Konta, the world No14, is currently ninth in the race to Singapore with the top eight qualifying for the tournament.
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