MINSK, 13 January (BelTA) – Veronika Kudermetova of Russia has become the second finalist of the Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open where she is to play Belarus' world number 10 Aryna Sabalenka, BelTA has learned.
In the semifinal on 12 January the Russian world number 46 saw off Ukraine's world number 99 Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
In the other semifinal Aryna Sabalenka needed just an hour to secure a 6-3, 6-2 win over world number 22 Maria Sakkari of Greece.
The Abu Dhabi final is scheduled for 13 January.
After the tournament in the UAE the world's leading players will travel to Melbourne to get ready for the Australian Open. The Grand Slam opening tournament is due to take place at the Melbourne Park on 8-21 February.