NURNBERG, Germany - Sweden's Johanna Larsson will contest her first final in three years at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup on Saturday, after coming from a set down to defeat No.8 seed Katerina Siniakova in Saturday's semifinal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"I didn't expect this result before the week. It's my first time in the final here, and it feels really good," Larsson said on-court after the match. "I'm here alone...I felt like the crowd was really behind me today, so I am really grateful."
After losing the opening set, Larsson won the last four games of the second set and 10 of the last 11 games of the match to score her second comeback victory of the week - having also come from a set down to defeat Kristyna Pliskova in the quarterfinals.
The Swede has contested three of her four career finals on home soil at the Swedish Open in Båstad, appearing in the championship there in 2011, 2013 and 2015 - but her result this week marks her first final outside Sweden since her first at the Slovenian Open in Portoroz in 2010.
Larsson lost her first three WTA finals, but the third time was finally the charm in Båstad in 2015, and she'll look to win her second straight title when she takes on Alison Riske, who won the second semifinal over Kirsten Flipkens.
"It's been quite a while, so it feels good to be back," Larsson said. "I just tried to stay calm and focus on each ball and not think about the result. I think that worked out pretty good."
Larsson said of Riske: "She's a great person, a great player as well, so I will just take it as another challenge."
Before the second semifinal, Larsson said that "it would be fun to play Flipper, seeing as we are good friends, and play doubles together." That singles final will not occur, but the Swede and the Belgian are still alive in the doubles, as Larsson and Flipkens are the No.2 seeds and will look to keep their tournament alive in the discipline later in Friday's action.