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Bank of the West Classic Cards fall into place for Karolina Pliskova at Bank of the West Classic

Already guaranteed of becoming the eighth Czech to reach the WTA Tour's top 10, Karolina Pliskova celebrated with a win.

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Karolina Pliskova celebrated her impending debut in the WTA Tour's top 10 with a first-up win at the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday.

Without hitting a ball in Stanford, Pliskova was already assured of entering the WTA's elite bracket at the next rankings release on Monday - and now it could be a matter of how far into the top 10 she will go after a 7-5 6-2 win over Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Pliskova, ranked 11th, beat Date-Krumm at the WTA Premier event for the second year running, and could potentially climb as high as eighth - results pending.

The Czech's draw opened up when 44-year-old Date-Krumm upset Sabine Lisicki, and opportunity further beckons for Pliskova after top seed Caroline Wozniacki was dumped out of the hard-court tournament.

American Varvara Lepchenko ousted world number five Wozniacki 6-4 6-2, leaving Pliskova as the only seed in the top half of the draw.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska avoided the same fate, fighting back to beat qualifier Misaki Doi 1-6 6-2 6-0.

Next up for the seventh-ranked Radwanska is fifth seed Angelique Kerber, who was a 6-4 6-3 victor over Ana Konjuh.

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