Babos to face Bondarenko in Tashkent final
Timea Babos beat teenagerÂ Aryna Sabalenka to reach a second successive WTA final and will faceÂ Kateryna Bondarenko in a showdown at the Tashkent Open.
Babos lost toÂ Alison Van Uytvanck in her last tournament in Quebec City butÂ will get a chance to claim her second title of the year in Uzbekistan after defeating Sabalenka 6-1 6-4.
The second seed served 10 aces and broke the 19-year-old outsider's serve twice in each set to prevail in the first meeting between the two.
Former world number two Vera Zvonareva missed out on a place in the final, retiring when trailingÂ Bondarenko 7-6 (9-7) 4-1 on a hectic Friday.
Zvonareva, back on the WTA Tour in 2017 after an absence of almost two years, beatÂ Aleksandra Krunic 6-4 6-3 in a quarter-final which resumed after rain cut short Thursday's action.
Bondarenko got pastÂ Kurumi Nara 6-2 5-7 6-4 in the last eight before returning to the court to take charge againstÂ Zvonareva, who was unable to complete the match.
The unseeded world number 133 from Ukraine will be looking to end a nine-year wait for a second singles title when she comes up against Babos on Saturday.