Finally there are some interesting matches here in Malaysia as the top players emerged without any surprises. Cibulkova had a tough time against Zarina Diyas in her quarter-finals, so she will look to improve her performance against Pliskova. Karolina loves this event as the defending champion, the hot and humid conditions aiding her big serve. Cibulkova needs to be careful as to not gifting her too many gifts. If she plays her normal standard, she can wear the Czech down.
Pick: Cibulkova in 2 tight sets
Donna Vekic vs. Zhang Shuai
As expected, Donna Vekic is the player that upsets the 4th seed to make the semi-finals. Vekic's recent good form will put her in a good place against unsteady Zhang Shuai. The Chinese has been dropping sets in her previous rounds, so Donna definitely has a chance of creating the upset. The Croatian just has to choose the right time to attack and let her imposing game do the work.
Pick: Vekic in 3 sets