Tennis - Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro is through to the finals of the WTA Portugal Open and will meet third seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In a repeat of last year's final here, the Spaniard defeated defending champion Kaia Kanepi 64 61 to reach her fifth tour final.
Pavlyuchenkova defeated Swiss Romina Oprandi 06 63 61 to reach her third final of the year. Suarez Navarro, who has never won a WTA tour singles title, commented after her match, "I had last year's match in my mind.
She started so strong today and I was a little bit nervous, but after the first few games I changed a few things and played well the rest of the match - I was really concentrated on returning well because she serves so well, and I also had some really good points on my serve.
I was aggressive and very focused in the most important points. I'm happy to be in the final again - it's another chance at the title." Pavlyuchenkova has beaten the Spaniard in all four career meetings so far.
The Russian, who needed nearly three hours to win her quarter final on Thursday, commented, "I don't like to complain or find excuses, but I started the match really slowly today because I didn't feel like I had enough time to recover from yesterday's match.
It was almost three hours yesterday and it was such an early start today - it was very hard to recover for this one. You can want it or not, but your body still needs recovery time - but I still kept believing and kept playing my game. I don't like making excuses. I turned it around."