Katowice, Poland (4E Sports) – Alize Cornet stunned top seed and home favorite Agnieszka Radwanska, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Katowice Open Saturday.
With the victory, Cornet made it to her eighth WTA final, going 3-4 in her first seven with her three WTA titles all came at the International level.
Awaiting her will be Camila Giorgi, who defeated third seed Carla Suarez Navarro, 7-6 (2), 6-4 for the first WTA final of her career.
Radwanska had beaten Cornet in straight sets in all three of their previous meetings, and things looked headed the same way this time as she raced through the first set at love.
Despite losing the second set, Radwanksa jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the third but Cornet won six of the last seven games en route to victory.
Cornet beat Giorgi in their only previous meeting, at this year’s Australian Open. Cornet rallied from 4-1 down in the third to win in two hours and 36 minutes.
In Colombia, top seed Jelena Jankovic clinched the 550th match win of her professional career with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Chanelle Scheepers in the semifinal of the Claro Open.
Jankovic won the first set in just 24 minutes and looked headed for a routine straight set victory as she built a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Scheepers clawed back to even that second set at 5-all.
It even looked like they were going to a tie-break as Scheepers went up 40-15 serving at 5-6, but Jankovic reeled off four straight points to seal the deal in an hour and 21 minutes.
Jankovic has the third-most career match wins among active players, after Venus Williams (651) and Serena Williams (647).
It was also Jankovic’s 20th WTA-level match win of the year, the fifth player to cross that mark after Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska (21 each) and Dominika Cibulkova and Klara Koukalova (20 each).
Jankovic will go for the title against No. 5 Caroline Garcia, who fired nine aces en route to a 62 64 win over No. 6 Vania King in the other semifinal.
On the men’s side, world No. 36 Marcel Granollers reached his seventh ATP World Tour final as he defeated Federico Delbonis, 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinal of the Grand Prix Hassan II.
In an all-Spanish final, Granollers will face eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who ended the run of newcomer Roberto Carballes Baena with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-4 victory.
At the US Men’s Clay Court Championship, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco will collide for the title. Almagro defeated Sam Querrey via walkover while Verdasco downed Santiago Giraldo, 6-4, 7-5