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Former champions reach final

Elina Svitolina and Bojana Jovanovski will meet in the Baku Cup final on Sunday after battling through tight three-setters in the semi-finals.

 

Ukrainian second seed and defending champion Svitolina, 19, who dropped a set for the first time this week, converted five out of six break points and saved eight out of 11 on her own serve to beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone 3-6 6-1 6-4.

The third set was a see-saw affair, with Svitolina getting out to a 3-0 lead, Schiavone winning four straight games to go 4-3 in front and Svitolina winning three straight to close out her triumph.

Svitolina will be seeking her second trophy in a week having already lifted the women's doubles title at the Istanbul Cup with partner Misaki Doi from Japan.

Jovanovski, the 22-year-old fifth seed from Serbia, also needed three sets - for the third time this week - as she came from 4-1 down in the third set to complete a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over Stefanie Voegele.

Switzerland's Voegele came into the match on a high having dumped top seed Sorana Cirstea out of the competition earlier in the week.

Jovanovski, who was champion at Baku in 2012, will be meeting Svitolina for the first time.