The Premier Level Bank of the West Classic semi finals were played in Stanford, California, on Saturday. First on court in the bottom half of the draw were 3rd seeded and 25th ranked Dominika Cibulkova of the Czech Republic and the Romanian 5th seed, Sorana Cirstea, who is ranked at 32. Both players had a bye in the first round and came through their second and third rounds in straight sets. Cibulkova led the head to head stat 2-1, although they had not played each other since this tournament last year when Cirstea won. The first set was quite close with Cibulkova taking it 6-4 before she ran away with the second set to love, to avenge her defeat of a year ago and move into her 8th WTA final, two of which she won. “It was a great match for me today and I’m really happy to be in the final here now” she said in her post match interview.
The second semi was between top seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and the American, Jamie Hampton, the tournament’s 4th seed. The final score of 6-3 6-2 bears little resemblance to the fight at the beginning of this match, as the American managed to break the Pole twice early on in the first set, but the wily Radwanska managed to claw back the breaks to level at 3-3 before taking the first set. The second set was more routine for the Pole, as she allowed her opponent just two games before wrapping up set and the match in an hour and eleven minutes to make her 17th final – twelve of which she has won. “I’ll just go out there and try to play the good tennis I was playing today, and then I’ll have a good chance to win” Radwanska said of her chances in the final against Cibulkova.
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