HONOLULU, HI, USA - Catherine Bellis moved smoothly into the Hawaii Open final with a straight-sets win over Jacqueline Cako on Saturday.
A flying start saw Bellis win the first nine games before withstanding a late fightback to close out the match, 6-0, 6-4.
Bellis is yet to drop a set this week, although this record is sure to be threatened by top seed Zhang Shuai in the final. Zhang, the World No.23, was an equally comfortable 6-2, 6-3 winner over Evgeniya Rodina in the second semifinal.
On another windy day in the Hawaiian capital, Zhang continued her excellent end-of-season form, breaking six times to post her 21st win since the start of September.
"It was really tough for me and today was a really good match," Zhang said during her on-court interview. "I played a good first set and in the second she made things tough - she played very well - and of course it was a bit windy!
"It's tough for both, though, and I tried to keep aggressive."