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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark
will play Annika Beck of Germany
in today s final of the Luxembourg
Wozniacki, ranked ninth in the
world, swept past third-seeded
Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4,
6-4. She has lost only one set all
Beck advanced to her first WTA
final when Stefanie Voegele of
Switzerland had to retire hurt at
7-5, 1-0 in their semifinal.
Wozniacki has 20 career titles,
but yet to win one this year. She
and Beck will meet for the first
Wozniacki, Beck to play Luxembourg final
David Ferrer became the first
Spaniard in 37 years to reach
the Stockholm Open final when
he beat fifth-seeded Ernests
Gulbis of Latvia 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
in two hours yesterday.
In the way of Ferrer being the
first Spanish champion in the
open era will be seventh-seeded
Grigor Dimotrov of Bulgaria,
who overcame wild card
Benoit Paire of France 4-6, 6-
Ferrer will be going for his
third title of the year, and first
Dimitrov opened the year with
his first career final in Brisbane,
but entered Stockholm on a
four-match losing streak. (AP)
Ferrer, Dimitrov to battle Stockholm title
beat her doubles partner Svetlana
Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 to line up
Simona Halep of Romania in the
Kremlin Cup final yesterrday.
Stosur will play for her second
title in two weeks. Halep routed
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Rus-
sia 6-2, 6-1 to advance to her fifth
final this season.
In the men s semifinals, top-
seeded Richard Gasquet defeated
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-4, 7-5,
while qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin
of Kazakhstan upset defending
champion Andreas Seppi of Italy
6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Kuznetsova couldn t hold serve
once in the first set, winning just
six of 23 points when serving, while
Stosur was broken twice as well.
Stosur took a 5-1 lead in the second
but then failed to serve out the
Stosur sealed the victory on her
second match point when the
Russian sent a shot wide.
Stosur won her second title of
the season and fifth of her career
in Osaka, Japan, last Sunday. The
Australian was runner-up to Car-
oline Wozniacki here last year.
The 18th-ranked Halep, who has
won the first four titles of her
career this season, jumped out to
4-0 in both sets against
Pavlyuchenkova. The Romanian
sealed the victory on her second
match point when Pavlyuchenkova
The 10th-ranked Gasquet, still
vying for the eighth and final spot
in the ATP Finals next month, con-
stantly beat Karlovic s serve-and-
volley play with passing shots, and
broke the Croat once in each set.
The Frenchman served a winner
to close the match.
The 102nd-ranked Kukushkin
and Seppi traded sets before
Kukushkin took a 4-1 lead in the
decider and served for the match
at 5-3. Seppi broke back only to
fall 40-love down on his serve in
the next game. Kukushkin broke
again when the Italian sent a shot
into the net.
Kukushikin reached his first final
since winning his only title in St
Petersburg in 2010 and is the first
qualifier to reach the final in
Moscow since Paul-Henri Mathieu
won the title in 2002. (AP)
Stosur to play Halep at Kremlin Cup final
VIENNA---Robin Haase of the
Netherlands upset top-seeded Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (4) yes-
terday to set up a final against
Tommy Haas at the Erste Bank
The second-seeded Haas reached
his third final of the season after
rallying to beat Lukas Rosol of the
Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0).
The German, who won in Vienna
in 2001, earned his 14th career title
in Munich in May.
Haase held off four set points for
Tsonga in the opening set. The
63rd-ranked Dutchman failed to
serve out the match at 5-4 but won
six of the last seven points in the
tiebreaker against the eighth-ranked
Frenchman, who had his left knee
"He was a bit injured and that
made me nervous," said Haase, who
had lost his last 14 matches against
top-ten opponents since beating
Andy Murray in Rotterdam in 2008.
"You tend to keep the ball in play
and wait for his mistakes," Haase
said. "Later on, I managed to focus
better on my own game."
Tsonga declined to comment on
his apparent injury and said he was
going to prepare as usual for his
upcoming events in Valencia and
"I tried everything I could but it
wasn t enough today," the French-
man said. "I just didn t play well
It will be Haase s fourth career
final but first on a hard court. The
Dutchman won both his career titles
on clay in Austria---in Kitzbuehel
in 2011 and 2012. He lost the final
in Gstaad, Switzerland three months
Haase has never played Haas
before in an ATP event.
Haas initially struggled for
rhythm against the 44th-ranked
Rosol, who hit 16 aces to raise his
total for the tournament to 49 and
conceded just two points on serve
in the opening set.
Haas couldn t convert his first
break point at 3-2 but used his sec-
ond to level the match. The final
set went with serve before Haas
dominated the tiebreaker.
The German led 6-0 when a
penalty point for Rosol ended the
match. After being warned earlier
by referee Cedric Mourier, the
Czech broke his racket by smashing
it on the court.
Rosol was eyeing his second
career final after winning his maiden
title in Bucharest in April. (AP)
Haase upsets Tsonga
...plays Haas in Vienna finale
Robin Haase of the Netherlands returns the ball to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France during their semi final match at the Erste Bank Open tennis
tournament in Vienna, Austria, yesterday. Haase won 7-5, 7-6 (4).
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