Kirilenko to play Lisicki in Pattaya final

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After a few tight matches in her run through to the semi finals at the Pattaya Open, 2nd seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko, had a really easy day at the office on Saturday. She took on the 4th seed, Sorana Cirstea of Romania, whom she had met four times in the past. The Romanian had won the first two meetings, but the Russian had easily won at Wimbledon last year – and this match was a mirror image of their semi final meeting last year at this tournament, which Kirilenko won in three sets. The 2013 version of this semi could not have been different, as the Russian ran out an easy winner, 6-0 6-2 in just over an hour on court.

In the other semi final match, 5th seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany took on Nina Bratchikova of Russia, who had had a trouble free route to this stage of the tournament. Lisicki had a really tough three set battle in the quarters against Marina Erakovic, but had her game face on for this semi. Having got an early break in the first set, she let things slip a little for Bratchikova to level at 5-5, but went on to take the first set 7-5.  She again got an early break in the second set, but this time she hung on to it, to take the set 6-3 and the match in one and a half hours.

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