China’s Saisai Zheng and Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka will play for the Silicon Valley Classic title Sunday at noon.
They advanced with semifinal victories Saturday at San Jose State, Zheng beating seventh-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-6 (5), 6-2 and Sabalenka topping fifth-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-4, 6-3.
Sabalenka won by hitting 82% of her first serves, winning those points 76% of the time.
Sakkari was hurt by eight double faults. Zheng did not double-fault at all.
The 25-year-old Zheng, ranked 55th in the world, is unseeded in San Jose. She has yet to win on the WTA Tour. She has nearly $3 million in career earnings and 298 career match victories, including one in her only meeting with Sabalenka.
Sabalenka, 21, is ranked 10th in the world and is the tournament’s No. 2 seed a year after losing in the first round of qualifying at the event. She has three career titles on the tour, including the Shenzhen Open in January.
The final will be televised by the Tennis Channel.
Citi Open: Jessica Pegula of the U.S. reached the second WTA final of her career at the Citi Open and will face Camila Giorgi of Italy for the hard-court title in Washington, D.C.
The 79th-ranked Pegula, whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Kalinskaya of Russia 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Pegula is bidding for her first tour-level title.
Giorgi already owns two trophies and made it to her seventh final with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over 17-year-old American Caty McNally.
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