Tennis: Seventh seed, America's Christina McHale reached the final of Japan Women's Open WTA Tournament in Tokyo after edging Slovakia's Jana Cepelova in a close 3 set clash and will face unseeded Czech Katerina Siniakova, who stunned sixth seed Shuai Zhang in straight sets.
World No.53 McHale and World No.115 Cepelova had met only once before, in the first round of 2013 French Open when Cepelova had won in 3 sets. And once again it was decided in 3 sets as McHale took the first set 6-4 and Cepelova levelled it at one set all by taking the second set 6-3.
The third set was also very close, as Cepelova got a break in the first game, which McHale got back immediately and then McHale got a break in the fourth game, which Cepelova got back in the next game. It was level at 5-5 when McHale held her serve after saving two break points and then broke Cepelova in the next game to reach her second WTA final.
She will be looking for her maiden title. On the other hand, 20-year-old Siniakova brushed aside the Australian Open Quarterfinalist, sixth seed Shuai Zhang in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 in just 66 minutes. Siniakova has also reached her second WTA final and will also be looking for first WTA title.