WTA Wrap: Kenin to face Friedsam in Lyon final, Svitolina beats Rus in Monterrey semis

Sofia Kenin was again short of her best but booked a place in the Lyon final, while Elina Svitolina crushed Arantxa Rus to move into the Monterrey Open final.

Sofia Kenin was taken the distance by Alison Van Uytvanck, who fired down 22 aces in the match.   -  Getty Images

Sofia Kenin will face the unseeded Anna-Lena Friedsam in the final of the Lyon Open after battling to victory in three sets against Alison van Uytvanck.

Australian Open champion Kenin was taken the distance by Van Uytvanck, who fired down 22 aces in the match. It has proved an eventful week for Kenin, who saved match point against Romanian qualifier Jaqueline Cristian before stumbling into a third set in her quarterfinal, despite establishing a 6-1 5-2 lead over Oceane Dodin.

But the world number five, who is the top seed in Lyon, held firm to prevail 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) and reach a sixth career final.

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Germany's Friedsam, the world number 136, will enter that contest as a buoyant underdog after winning 6-3 3-6 6-2 against Russia's Daria Kasatkina, taking the spoils after eight breaks of serve in a contest that clocked in at two hours and six minutes.

"It feels great. It makes me feel that all the hard work has paid off. I'm super proud," Friedsam told the WTA's official website.

"She's a great player and very solid. She doesn't make any bad decisions. I tried to play to my strengths. I tried to use my power, push her out of court and get to the net. I think it worked today, but it was a hard fight and a hard battle."

- Svitolina surges into Monterrey final, Konta beaten -

Elina Svitolina continued her impressive run to reach the Monterrey Open final, while Johanna Konta was beaten on Saturday. Svitolina, the top seed at the WTA International event, crushed Arantxa Rus 6-0 6-1 in just 51 minutes in their semifinal.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina crushed Arantxa Rus 6-0 6-1 in just 51 minutes in their semifinal.   -  Getty Images

 

The Ukrainian lost just nine points on serve and is yet to drop a set at this year's tournament. Svitolina is into her 17th WTA Tour final and first of 2020, while she will be aiming for her first title since 2018.

Awaiting her in the decider is Marie Bouzkova, who beat second seed Konta 6-3 6-4. Bouzkova, the Czech ninth seed, saved all five break points she faced to reach her maiden WTA Tour final.

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