RABAT, Morocco - Top seed Timea Bacsinszky showed off some of the grit that saw her reach the semifinals of last year's French Open in the semifinals of the GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, taking out Timea Babos, 6-4, 7-5.
The Swiss has been impressive all week in Rabat, but withstood a fierce challenge from the No.5 seed, who leveled the second set at love as theLo former World No.10 tried serving for the match. Bacsinszky made no mistake in her second chance, earning her first WTA final berth of the season in an hour and 46 minutes.
Her opponent in Saturday's final will be New Zealand's Marina Erakovic; saving a match point in the second set tie-break, the qualifier outlasted Dutch powerhouse Kiki Bertens, 2-6, 7-6(7), 7-5. Edging ahead 5-3 in the final set, Bertens engineered one last twist in the topsy turvy match, saving two match points of her own and pushing perilously close to another tie-break before Erakovic converted on her third match point.
"I think I just kept trying to find my game in the first set," the former No.39 said after the match. "I felt like I was lacking a little bit of rhythm, but I just kept trying and trying. In tennis, anything can happen, so you just keep working. Kiki is playing well, and it was a good level of tennis. It's nice to win today but it's also nice to win matches like these where you fight very hard and it pays off."
Into her fifth career WTA final, Erakovic is enjoying her best week since a knee injury curtailed her progress at the end of last year.
"I really like Morocco. It's a great place; I've come here before and I really enjoyed it. It's great to be in another final, especially since I had a very tough year last year and I've been trying very hard to come back and to rehab all of the injuries. It's nice to see these kinds of things after that."
? TennisTV (@TennisTV) April 29, 2016