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.
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.