Radwanska, Petrova reach final at Pan Pacific Open

Associated Press Modified: September 28, 2012 at 9:32 am •  Published: September 28, 2012
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TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska will play Nadia Petrova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open.

Radwanska overpowered Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-1 Friday, while Petrova defeated Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Stosur took an injury timeout last in the first set to address a pulled abdominal muscle.

Petrova will play for her 12th career title. It's the second time she's beaten two top-10 players in the same week — No. 7 Sara Errani and No. 9 Stosur — but she's never beaten three.

"Nadia has been playing great tennis the whole week," said third-ranked Radwanska. "I'm very, very happy I could reach the final and fight for the title again. I'll try my best."

Radwanska faced little resistance against the fifth-seeded Kerber, who advanced to the semis when top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew on Thursday after a bout of dizziness in her third-round match on Wednesday.

Radwanska broke Kerber six times, including in the final game when she converted her fourth match points after tough resistance from the German. Radwanska said the match was tougher than the score suggested.

"We played before and it's always tough against her," Radwanska said. "I had to run a lot. She's a great player and I really had to stay focused."

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