Advanta C'ships: Mauresmo through to finals

Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the finals of the Advanta Championships by defeating Nicole Vaidisova.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Villanova:Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the finals of the Advanta Championships by defeating Nicole Vaidisova 7-5, 7-5 Saturday night, ending the teenager's 18-match winning streak. Mauresmo, the two-time defending champion, will meet Elena Dementieva on Sunday. Dementieva reached the finals when Nadia Petrova withdrew from their semifinal match because of a foot injury. Mauresmo, ranked fourth, overcame Vaidisova's booming serves and fierce groundstrokes, breaking serve in the decisive game of each set. The 16-year-old Vaidisova of the Czech Republic was seeking her fourth straight championship. She won titles at the Thailand, Korea and Japan Opens, becoming the only player to win three consecutive weeks on the WTA Tour this season. A frustrated Vaidisova scolded herself a few times during the first set, and once angrily hit a ball into the net after losing a point. One point away from losing the first set, Vaidisova rallied twice only to give it away after she double faulted. Mauresmo came into the 21-year tournament off consecutive opening-round losses at Moscow and Zurich. Petrova defeated Martina Sucha 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals, but a bruised right heel forced her out of the tournament. "I am very disappointed I can't play,'' Petrova said, adding, "I was looking forward to my semifinal match.'' Petrova is scheduled to join Dementieva, Mauresmo, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, defending champion Maria Sharapova, Mary Pierce and Patty Schnyder at the WTA Tour Championships beginning Tuesday in Los Angeles. The tournament again is in its final year at Villanova. It wasn't held in 2001 or '02 because the WTA championship, which is played the week after the Advanta, was moved from New York to Munich, making it logistically impossible. Next year, the tour championship moves to Madrid. (AP)

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