TENNIS: MLADENOVIC INTO ST. PETERSBURG FINAL

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 wi…

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