Gavrilova through to first WTA final
Daria Gavrilova's stunning week in Moscow has seen the Aussie advance to her first WTA final at the Kremlin Cup. She'll face Svetlana Kuznetsova for the title.
Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has powered through to her maiden WTA final, brushing aside Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5 6-1 in the Kremlin Cup semifinals.
Playing in her original hometown of Moscow, the 22-year-old Melbourne-based world No.37 was far too strong for the 66th-ranked Goerges.
Gvrilova will face Russian top-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday’s decider.
Kuznetsova beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-7(2) 6-4 and must beat Gavrilova to overtake Britain’s Johanna Konta for the final place at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
After reaching the China Open quarterfinals and the Hong Kong Open semifinals in preceding weeks, Gavrilova has now won 10 of her past 12 matches.
The Australian also came close to winning the doubles title on Friday; partnering Daria Kasatkina, the duo fell in a match tiebreak to No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.