Mildura VIC, Australia, 5 March 2016 | David Packman

Greg Jones has booked a place in the 2016 Mildura Grand Tennis International final after accounting for top seed Luke Saville 6-3 6-3 on Saturday.

It was a telling victory for the 27-year-old, who has endured a horrid injury run with shoulder, back and elbow issues sidelining him for significant periods of time.

“I’ve been in deep hibernation for the last two years,” said the former world No.179. “It’s been difficult with my body to get into some rhythm.

“But I couldn’t have hoped to return as well as I did today, and that’s what’s most important on grass – serve and return. Luke’s a great player and I’m just really happy to get through.”

While the finals berth will no doubt instill some confidence in the Sydney-sider, Jones is keeping things in perspective.

“I’m just taking it one week at a time and trying to build some momentum,” he said. “I’m appreciating my time on court, that’s the biggest thing.

“This week has reminded me how much fun it can be out there.”

Jones will unexpectedly face off against Dayne Kelly for the title on Sunday, after the Victorian proved too strong for Gavin Van Peperzeel, upsetting the No.2 seed 6-4 1-6 6-3.

Sara Tomic’s spectacular run from qualifying came to an end in the first women’s semifinal after she bowed out to Russian Anastasia Pivovarova. Tomic showed some grit to take the match to a deciding set, but eventually succumbed 6-4 3-6 7-5.

Pivovarova will meet No.7 seed Barbora Stefcova in the final, after the Czech defeated Croatian Ana Vrljic in straight sets.

On Friday, both doubles finals were played out with the men’s event featuring top seeds Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington and No.3 seeds Steven De Waard and Marc Polmans. After taking the first set 6-3, De Waard and Polmans gave up the second in a titanic tiebreaker before dominating the match tiebreak to take the title 6-3 6-7(9) [10-6].

Queenslander Olivia Tjandramulia and American Jessica Wacnik teamed up together for the first time to defeat third seeds Mana Ayuwaka and Yuki Tanaka of Japan in the women’s doubles final. Having won the first eleven games of the match, Tjandramulia and Wacnik stuttered slightly before going on to win 6-0 6-3.

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