Svitolina Back In Baku Cup Final

Defending champion Elina Svitolina will take on fellow WTA Rising Star and former Baku champion Bojana Jovanovski for the title.

Published July 26, 2014 12:14

Svitolina Back In Baku Cup Final
Elina Svitolina

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Elina Svitolina and Bojana Jovanovski both were victorious in tight three-setters on Saturday to set up a Baku Cup final featuring the two WTA Rising Stars, who are the past two winners of this tournament.

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The second-seeded Svitolina converted on five of six break points and saved eight of 11 on her own serve in her 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Francesca Schiavone. The third set was a see-saw affair, with Svitolina getting out to a 3-1 lead, Schiavone winning four straight games to go up 4-3 and Svitolina winning three straight to close out her triumph.

Though she dropped a set for the first time all week on Saturday, Svitolina improved to 9-1 here. She will be competing in her second WTA final, having won her first here last year.

The fifth-seeded Jovanovski was victorious in three sets for the third time this week, rallying from a 4-1 third set deficit in her 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Stefanie Voegele.

In her opener against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner on Monday, Jovanovski lost the first set and was two points from defeat in the second before staging a comeback, and in her quarterfinal against Misa Eguchi on Friday, she was down a set and 4-2 before she turned the tide.

Like Svitolina, Jovanovski has had terrific success here in the past. She is now 10-1 at this event, having captured the first of her two WTA titles at Baku in 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Ukrainian Svitolina and 22-year-old Serb Jovanovski will be facing off for the first time on Sunday.

The doubles final will see No.3 seeds Raluca Olaru and Shahar Peer square off with Alexandra Panova and Heather Watson.

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