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Sport Qualifier Samsonova downs Azarenka to reach Berlin final

22:06  19 june  2021
22:06  19 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova made light of her world ranking of 106 to defeat former number one and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka to reach the Berlin WTA grass court final on Saturday.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Shock finalist: Russia's Liudmila Samsonova on her way to victory over Victoria Azarenka © Tobias Schwarz Shock finalist: Russia's Liudmila Samsonova on her way to victory over Victoria Azarenka

Samsonova, 22, will face world number 12 Belinda Bencic for the title on Sunday after her 6-4, 6-2 win over Azarenka.

"It's all incredible for me, it's so new, and I'm very happy for it," Samsonova said.

Samsonova claimed her second Top 20 win of her career by firing 24 winners (including 11 aces) past the Belarusian.

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She is the fifth qualifier to reach a singles final on the WTA this season and will comfortably make her Top 100 debut next week.

Switzerland's Bencic, seeded fifth, ended the run of Alize Cornet to progress to the final with a 7-5, 6-4 win.

Bencic improved to 3-1 against Cornet as her victory placed her into the fourth grass-court final of her career.

Bencic won the 2015 Eastbourne title for her best-ever grass-court result on tour.

"I always try to play as many tournaments on grass as possible because I just love the surface," Bencic said.

France's Cornet, 63rd in the world, reached the last four after an upset win over former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.

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Tennis - WTA - Bad Hombourg: Azarenka for Cornet, Pegula did not assured .
© Panoramic Azarenka 170621 Series Number 2 of the Bad Hombbourg Tournament Victoria Azarenka eliminated its compatriot Yuliya Hatouka in the first round and will be opposed to Alizé Cornet. Series 3, Jessica Pegula dropped against Katerina Siniakova when Amanda Anisimova took the best on Andrea Petkovic. semi-finalist the week spent in Berlin, Victoria Azarenka was like German turf, and she started her week in Bad Hombourg, where she is headboard # 2.

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