Both semi-final matches of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open were completed on Saturday. In the first, 57th ranked German teenager Annika Beck (Player Bio) played against 54th ranked Stephanie Voegele (Player Bio) of Switzerland. Beck reached the last four by beating Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-2 in the first round then taking out 5th seed Lucie Safarova in the second round in three tough sets. She then defeated the 144th ranked qualifier, Katarzyna Piter, in the longest match of the tournament (after being match point down at 4-5) 6-3 6-7 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) in the quarters. Voegele knocked out 6th seed Mona Barthel in the first round, followed by a three setter win against Karolina Pliskova in the second round and then a stunning win over 2nd seed Sloane Stephens in three sets in the quarters. The first set of the semi was closely fought, going to 7-5 before the Swiss player had to retire when Beck had taken the first game of the second set.
Playing Beck in the final will be top seed Caroline Wozniacki (Player Bio), who took out home favourite wild card Mandy Minella in the first round and Monica Niculescu in the second round, both in straight sets. She then had to battle hard to overcome Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the quarters to reach the semi where she met 3rd seeded Sabine Lisicki (Player Bio). The German had a three setter against Donna Vecic in the first round, eventually winning 2-6 6-3 6-0 and then easily took out the qualifier Tereza Smitkova 6-4 6-0 in the second round. In the third round she beat Karin Knapp after dropping the middle set to progress to the semis. Going into this match the players were locked at 2-2 in their head to head stat, but they only played one match recently (having not met since 2009) on a hard court, which Wozniacki won at the Aussie Open earlier this year. Even though the score was close – 6-4 6-4 – it took the Dane just an hour and fourteen minutes to overcome her opponent and move into the final.
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