May 24, 2019 / 6:09 PM / a month ago

Putintseva to play Zidansek in Nuremberg title clash

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2019 Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in action during her second round match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli

(Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva overcame unseeded Sorana Cirstea 6-4 7-5 in the Nuremberg Cup semi-finals on Friday and will face Tamara Zidansek in the final on Saturday.

Putintseva won a three-hour, 21-minute marathon encounter against Anna-Lena Friedsam on Thursday — the longest women’s match of the year so far — but showed little signs of fatigue as she kept alive hopes of a maiden WTA title.

Zidansek later reached her first WTA singles final after the unseeded Slovenian converted five of her nine break points to upset second-seeded Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-6(4) 6-2.

Top seed Putintseva, who has lost in both of her WTA final appearances — St Petersburg in 2017 and Guangzhou last year — will be wary of Zidansek who defeated her in the pair’s only previous meeting in Morocco earlier this season.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams

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