St. Petersburg, Russia, French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva on Saturday to reach the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Mladenovic, ranked 51st, won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours nine minutes to record her second win over 19-year-old Vikhlyantseva in as many meetings. Vikhlyantseva, ranked 115th, and who was playing in her first WTA semi-final, took the opening set in 58 minutes after both players produced a series of breaks.
But Mladenovic, 23, who is seeking her career's maiden title here, replied positively moving up a gear to take two consecutive sets and to advance into her fourth career's WTA final.
Mladenovic will play either second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia or Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in Sunday's final. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency