Agnieszka Radwanska and Jelena Jankovic opened the semifinal schedule of the day in Dubai. Tied at 1-1 in sets, 6-2 2-6 more precisely, the second set won by eighth-seeded Jankovic, Radwanska refocused on her play and made a crucial break in the second game of the deciding set. The fifth-seeded Pole held all the three service games in the 28-minute last set without losing a point and won 6-2 2-6 6-0.
Julia Goerges will be Radwanska’s opponent in the final, after her well-earned 7-6(3) 7-5 victory over defending champion and third seed Caroline Wozniacki, her third straight win over the Dane. The unseeded Goerges, debutante in Dubai, survived Wozniacki’s long rallies, as the Dane’s unforced errors piled up. Goerges won the first set in a tiebreak, even though she could have closed it out earlier, with a set point at 5-3. In the second set she came back from 4-2 down.
Radwanska and Goerges will play for the Premier Dubai title, the $446,778 that it brings, but also for their WTA rankings breakthroughs. The title would take Radwanska to her Top 5 debut, while Goerges would crack Top 15 for the first time.
It was Radwanska who comfortably won the one and only previous meeting with Goerges, 6-1 6-1 this year in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Also, let’s mention the interesting fact that Radwanska’s 2012 win-loss record is 14-3 and all the three losses came at the hands of current world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, whom Radwanska criticized for gamesmanship. (photos: Johan Rivera, © Neal Trousdale)