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26 Oct 2019, 18:20 IST
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Kiki Bertens will meet Aryna Sabalenka within the WTA Elite Trophy remaining

WTA Elite Trophy favorite Kiki Bertens reached her fifth remaining of 2019 as she battled from behind to beat Zheng Saisai in Zhuhai.

Bertens narrowly missed out on a spot within the season-ending WTA Finals, however she may have the prospect to assert a 3rd trophy of the 12 months because of a hard-fought 2-6 6-Three 6-Four triumph on Saturday.

The Dutchwoman discovered herself a set and a break down at 6-2 2-1 however rallied to take 9 of the subsequent 11 video games.

Regardless of Bertens holding a 4-1 lead within the deciding set, Chinese language residence favorite Zheng pressed again, breaking serve in a 13-minute eighth sport to attract degree.

However Zheng’s resolve was swiftly undone as Bertens broke again, earlier than the world quantity 10 served out the win to clinch a spot within the remaining, the place she is going to face Aryna Sabalenka.

World quantity 14 Sabalenka beat Czech Karolina Muchova 7-5 7-6 (7-4) to achieve Sunday’s title match.

A deciding third set seemed doubtless at one stage, nevertheless it was Belarusian Sabalenka who lastly held her nerve, the match ending on an error when Muchova drilled a slack forehand into the web.