CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Natalie Dechy ended French compatriot Amelie Mauresmo’s hopes of a title win on her comeback from injury with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory over the former world number one in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open on Saturday.
Mauresmo fought back from the loss of the first set but could not maintain her momentum and Dechy ran out the winner after two hours and nine minutes to reach her first final in four years.
“It’s exciting,” Dechy said. “I haven’t felt this way in singles since 2004.”
In the final, Dechy will play second seed Nadia Petrova, who won the all-Russian clash with third seed Maria Kirilenko 1-6 6-2 6-1.
Kirilenko stormed through the first set but the more experienced Petrova recovered to reach her second final of the year.
Mauresmo said she had been encouraged by her performance in Cincinnati, her first tournament since picking up a thigh injury at Wimbledon in late June.
“I got four matches in this week, which is what I was looking for,” Mauresmo said.
“It would have been great to play five but I’ll go to New Haven hoping to find a little more rhythm and build up to the U.S. Open.”
The U.S. Open starts on August 25.
Writing by Simon Cambers in Washington; Editing by John O'Brien