MOSCOW, January 4 (R-Sport) - Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is to play Serena Williams in the final of the Brisbane International after defeating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in Friday’s semifinal.
Williams reached the final without a fight earlier Friday when her semifinal opponent, world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, withdrew with a toe injury.
In the second semifinal, 36th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova came under immediate pressure in a first set that saw five breaks on both sides, but crushed Tsurenko in the second set and decider to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Saturday’s final will be the first for Pavlyuchenkova since she lost to Magdalena Rybarikova in Washington in August, while Williams is in her third straight final after winning the U.S. Open and WTA championships at the end of last season.
Williams has won all three of her previous matches against Pavlyuchenkova, most recently in Madrid in May.
Tsurenko entered the draw as a lucky loser, replacing the injured second seed Maria Sharapova, and defied expectations by knocking out former top-ten player Daniela Hantuchova on the way to her first WTA semifinal.
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