Kremlin Cup: Home favourite Daria Kasatkina faces Julia Goerges in final as she seeks second career title
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.
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.
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.
Murray, now down at 116 in the world, lost to 158th-ranked Roman Safiullin of Russia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Poland's Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on his way to the Wimbledon semi-finals in July, won 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Officials gave no reason for Barty's decision to pull out of next month's women's draw which was already suffering from the absence of several top-ranked players, including Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams.