Rybarikova beats Giorgi in Connecticut Open semis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 Friday to earn a berth into the finals of the Connecticut Open, the final tune-up for the women before next week's U.S. Open.

Rybarikova broke Giorgi in the first game of the match and breezed through the first set in 34 minutes, earning another service break to go up 5-1.

The Italian could not solve Rybarikova's serve, failing to convert on 11 break points. The hard-serving Giorgi, ranked 38th in the world, also double-faulted seven times while serving just two aces.

Rybarikova, ranked 68th, becomes the lowest-ranked player to make New Haven finals, her first in a premier-level event.

She faces the winner of Friday semifinal between Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Australian Samantha Stosur.

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