Elina Svitolina to face Timea Babos in Grand Prix SAR final
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will face unseeded Timea Babos of Hungary in the Grand Prix SAR final after both players won their semifinals in straight sets on Friday.
The 20-year-old Svitolina, who now bids for her third career title, dominated throughout against seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, breaking the Slovakian player's serve six times in a 6-0, 6-3 win.
Babos, who is one year older and will bid for her second title, broke unseeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic - her friend and doubles partner - twice in each set in a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Babos wobbled slightly, missing two match points and then double-faulting to give Mladenovic a break-point chance to get back into the game. But her nerve held and she sealed victory on her third match point.