Bertens beats Vekic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

WTA St. Petersburg Donna Vekic tops Petra Kvitova. Sabalenka wins

WTA St. Petersburg Donna Vekic tops Petra Kvitova. Sabalenka wins

The 22-year-old Croat Donna Vekic is through to her seventh and the biggest WTA final, defeating a home star and a former world no. 2 Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

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Kvitova, the defending St. Petersburg champion who lost to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final, was playing her 14th match in 24 days.

Hewitt responded by washing his hands of the player, alleging he had been blackmailed and physically threatened by the combustible 26-year-old. Eighth-seeded Vekic saved three match points in the second set before Bertens closed out the match for her eighth career title. Zvonareva survived that game but it was followed by an easy service game win that clinched her that set.

Dutch ace Kiki Bertens will take on Donna Vekic for the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy after each recorded straight sets semi-final victories.

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Bertens toppled Sabalenka for the third time in a row, winning just six points more than her rival and gaining a massive momentum after winning the opening set to break her rival's resistance in the second.

The Dutchwoman made a strong start, breaking Sabalenka's serve in the first game, but her opponent broke back to level the opener at 2-2.

"It was a really tough match", Bertens said.

Bertens, the world number eight, was slow out of the blocks, and found herself trailing 5-2 in the first set before staging a remarkable turnaround.

Bertens then stormed into a 4-0 lead in the second set that could have been a 5-0, but Sabalenka held her off for a while.

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