Teenager Swiatek to face Hercog in Lugano final

Kristyna Pliskova was blown away by 17-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek, who stands on the brink of her first WTA Tour title.

Iga Swiatek in action during her straight sets win over Kristyna Pliskova at the Ladies Open Lugano on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Teenage outsider Iga Swiatek will face Polona Hercog in her first WTA Tour final after a straight-sets demolition of Kristyna Pliskova at the Ladies Open Lugano.

The 17-year-old Pole needed just 54 minutes to break new ground, thrashing Pliskova 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday.

Swiatek was near flawless, claiming the first nine games of a one-sided semifinal and hitting 28 winners to only 13 unforced errors to leave Pliskova shell-shocked.

The junior Wimbledon champion said: "I feel great. I'm quite surprised that I'm in the final, because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in the main draw, but I'm really happy that I made it.

"I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also."

Hercog beat Fiona Ferro 7-5, 6-4 to reach her first singles final for almost a year.

The 28-year-old Slovenian has not won a title since 2012 but will have a great opportunity to end that drought on Sunday after grasping all six break-point opportunities.

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