Two unseeded players will compete for the title in Tianjin, passing all the obstacles to set the final clash on Sunday. Rebecca Peterson is through to the second WTA final following a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Ons Jabeur in two hours and six minutes.
Jabeur had everything in her hands after the opening set but it wasn't to be for her despite a 3-1 advantage in the decider, losing the edge and falling short in the closing stages of the encounter to propel Rebecca through.
The Tunisian won five points more than her rival, getting broke four times and squandering 12 of 17 chances on the return, a fact that cost her the victory after all. The first five games went to deuce (eight in total) but it was Jabeur who grabbed them all, closing the set with a hold at 30 in game six to produce a bagel and make the best possible start.
Rebecca raised her level in set number two, serving well and earning breaks in games eight and ten to grab the set 6-4 and force a decider where Ons opened a 3-1 lead. The Swede broke back in game six, fended off a break chance in the ninth game and sealed the deal with a break at 6-5 that carried her into the final.
Playing her best tournament of the season, world no. 125 Heather Watson ousted Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes for the fourth WTA final and the first since Monterrey 2016. The Briton had the upper hand all the time, dropping 14 points in nine service games and repelling all three break chances to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.
The Russian couldn't repeat those numbers, landing only 46% of the first serve in and suffering three breaks from seven opportunities offered to Heather who proved too strong today. Heather never put a foot wrong in the opener, delivering one comfortable hold after another and stealing the rival's serve in games two and six for a 6-1 in some 25 minutes.
Kudermetova survived two break chances in the third game of the second set before Watson grabbed a break at 2-2, moving in front and erasing those three break points in the next game to cement the break and march towards the finish line.
Veronika saved two match points on serve before the Briton sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later