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Safina and Kuznetsova reach final

Dinara Safina
Safina had lost all her previous matches against Nadia Petrova

Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova both claimed comfortable straight-set wins to set up an all-Russian final at the Pan Pacific Open in Ariake, Japan.

Safina, the world number five, crushed Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-0 - her first win over her compatriot in six attempts.

And Kuznetsova, ranked seventh, brushed aside Katarina Srebotnik 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

Kuznetsova started slowly before taking the first set against the Slovenian qualifier but, at 2-2 in the second, she won four straight games to triumph.

Safina is looking forward to facing Kuznetsova in the final.

"It's great. We are good friends, so I just hope that we can go out there and play a good match," she said.

"Let's see who is going to be stronger on the day and win."


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