Safina through to final in Hertogenbosch
Originally published on 26/02/10 11:04
Dinara Safina ran out a 6-3 6-2 winner over compatriot Elena Dementieva to reach the Ordina Open final.
The transition from European clay-court season to this grass-court Wimbledon tune-up has done little to slow the Russian, who defeated three top-10 players at Roland Garros before losing the final to Ana Ivanovic.
And despite her dislike for the surface, the 22-year-old finds herself on the verge of her first grass-court title, the perfect preparation for Wimbledon.
Standing in her way is Thai qualifier Tamarine Tanasugarn, who upset Ukrainian No.8 seed Alona Bondarenko in the other semi-final.
This will be the third final in as many events for Safina, who won the Berlin Open just prior to Paris, her first appearance in a Grand Slam final.
Safina will be looking to win her seventh career title on Saturday while the 31-year-old Tanasugarn will be gunning for her second championship trophy and first since winning at Hyderabad in 2003.