Kremlin Cup: Home favourite Daria Kasatkina faces Julia Goerges in final as she seeks second career title

Moscow: Julia Goerges will seek to end a six-year wait for a title when she faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the Kremlin Cup final.

The seventh-seeded Goerges recovered from a second-set slump to beat Russian player Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in their semi-final Friday.

Daria Kasatkina in action against Irina-Camelia Begu at the Kremlin Cup. Reuters

Daria Kasatkina in action against Irina-Camelia Begu at the Kremlin Cup. Reuters

Victory for Goerges in Saturday's final would end a run of six losses in finals stretching back to 2011, when the German player won in Stuttgart. Three of those losses came in the space of two months this summer.

Earlier Friday, Kasatkina reached her second WTA final of the year when she beat 2014 runner-up Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-3.

Kasatkina's strong returns punished Begu's serve and restricted the Romanian to holding serve just once in each set.

The 20-year-old Kasatkina is seeking her second career title after victory in Charleston in April.

In the men's draw, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina booked a place in the semi-finals by defeating 2012 champion Andreas Seppi of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 12:28 PM

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