Zvonareva & Pervak Reach Baku Cup Final
Published July 23, 2011 12:00
BAKU, Azerbaijan - One of the most established players on the WTA will face one of its brightest young names for the Baku Cup title, as Vera Zvonareva plays fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak in the final of the inaugural tournament.
Zvonareva, the No.1 seed, recovered well from her three-hour-plus quarterfinal match from the day before with a commanding win in the semifinals, taking an hour and six minutes to dismiss Mariya Koryttseva, 61 62. Zvonareva had lost her only previous meeting with Koryttseva, at Istanbul in 2009, but this time blew past her, winning the first five games and the last five games of the match.
This will be the 26-year-old Zvonareva's second WTA final this year (she won Doha in her first) and the 28th of her career (she is 11-16 in her first 27).
Pervak, who turned 20 earlier this year, reached her first Grand Slam second week at Wimbledon and is now through to her first WTA final after a 16 60 62 semifinal triumph over Galina Voskoboeva. She had already reached two semifinals before - at Portoroz last year and Bad Gastein last week - but this time, even after a 32-minute first set loss, she hung tough to give herself one more match. She is now projected to crack the Top 50 on the new rankings.
Pervak will be playing a Top 10 player for just the second time. Almost exactly two years ago in the second round of Portoroz, she lost to then-No.1 and eventual champion Dinara Safina comprehensively in straight sets, 61 62.
The 26-year-old Voskoboeva, who had taken out No.2 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals, was playing her first WTA semifinal.