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Schiavone takes on Govortsova in final

Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Olga Govortsova of Belarus advanced to the final of the dual ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow with straight-sets victories yesterday.

Schiavone, seeded No. 8, beat Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-4, 6-0 to reach her second straight final in as many weeks, while Govortsova ousted Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-1 to reach her second career final.

Schiavone, the only seed left in the women's tournament, is 1-10 in WTA Tour finals, winning her only title at the Gastein Ladies in 2007. The 24th-ranked Italian lost to Samantha Stosur of Australia in the final in Osaka, Japan, last Sunday.

Schiavone, runner-up here in 2005, broke Bondarenko decisively in the 10th game of the first set and dominated the second set which she won to love to reach her third final this season.

"I was more aggressive today," Schiavone said. "At 5-2 she played too good, very good but then I was pushing and took my chance. I think I played better today."

Schiavone is now 4-2 against Bondarenko, who is ranked No. 36 in the world. Bondarenko won her only title by beating the Italian in the final in Luxembourg in 2006.

After an exchange of breaks, unheralded Govortsova broke Kleybanova two more times in the first set. The 67th-ranked Belarusian was 4-1 up in the second when Kleybanova called for a doctor to have her right shoulder and back massaged.

At 2-5 and 15-40 down on her serve in the seventh game, Kleybanova saved four match points before Govortsova beat her with a forehand cross on the fifth deuce.

In Luxembourg, surprise US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 in an all-Belgian quarterfinal at the Luxembourg Open on Friday.

Wickmayer, ranked 20th in the world, is seeking her second tournament victory in a row after winning last week's title in Linz, Austria. She will play 70th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, who beat Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4.

Seeded fifth in the tournament, Wickmayer became the highest seed in the tournament after Israel's Shahar Peer upset fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 7-6 (4).


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