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Radwanska to meet Pavlyuchenkova in Korea Open final

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The Canadian Press
9/21/2013 9:41:57 AM
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SEOUL, South Korea -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the final of the Korea Open on Saturday with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lara Arruabarrena.

Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium.

"It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. "It was really hot out there but I played my 100 per cent throughout the match, so that's why it was two quick sets."

The Polish player will face third-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Sunday's final.

Pavlyuchenkova had a much harder time in her semifinal, beating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, 7-6 (11), 7-6 (6).

Pavlyuchenkova saved three set points in the first tiebreaker and came back from 3-0 down in the second to close it out.

"I'm so tired right now, to be honest," Pavlyuchenkova said. "I'm happy to be in the final, but I'm still thinking about the match, how tough it was."

Radwanska leads Pavlyuchenkova 2-1 in head-to-head matches, though only one of those meetings came in the last four years -- a tight two-setter in Radwanska's favour at the U.S. Open a few weeks ago.

Agnieszka Radwanska (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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