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Japan’s Ai Sugiyama defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 on Saturday to book her place in the singles final at the $585,000 Linz WTA tournament.

News photoAi Sugiyama returns the ball to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, during the semifinals of the Generali Open.

Sugiyama into final LINZ, Austria (Kyodo) Japan’s Ai Sugiyama defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 on Saturday to book her place in the singles final at the $585,000 Linz WTA tournament.

No. 2 seed Sugiyama, who is aiming for a place in the season-ending championships, will face No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova, who reached the first WTA Tour final of her career after beating Patty Schnyder 6-2, 6-2.

The 28-year-old completed a winning double as she advanced to the doubles final by partnering South African Liezel Huber to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech pair Iveta Benesova and Michaela Pastikova.

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