Francesca Schiavone, Olga Govortsova to face in Kremlin Cup final

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Italian Francesca Schiavone and Belorussian Olga Govortsova will play in the final of the $1,000,000 Kremlin Cup, the tournament which had quickly fallen short of most of the top players.

Eighth-seeded Schiavone, the highest seed to reach the quarterfinals, beat Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-4 6-0 to advance to the final.

In the other semifinal, unseeded Govortsova defeated Alisa Kleybanova 6-2 6-1, the Russian who had upset second seed Jelena Jankovic in the quarters. Kleybanova committed 39 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Govortsova.

World No.24 Schiavone has lost nine out of 10 career finals, including the one in Moscow in 2005, while 67th-ranked Govortsova is yet to win her maiden WTA title, playing her second WTA final.


  1. Franchesca w0n! Im hapy 4 her, so shockng its 0nly her 2nd career title c0ncdring hw gud she plays, her face was full of extreme j0y when she w0n match point, fEel g0od m0ment 4 any tenis fans who can see a player who has that reacti0n when winningü


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