Tamarine storms into final
Home favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn claimed a straightforward 6-2 6-0 win over Sesil Karatantcheva to reach the Pattaya Open final.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 13/02/10 2:33pm
Home favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn claimed a straightforward 6-2 6-0 win over Sesil Karatantcheva to reach the Pattaya Open final in Thailand.
The 32-year-old, one of the oldest players on the tour, dominated her Kazakh opponent with powerful forehands to match her 1996 achievement of advancing to the final of her home tournament.
The American-born Thai will face top seed Vera Zvonareva in the decider after the Russian saw off another Kazakh, Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-2 4-6 6-3 in her semi-final match.
Tamarine delivered a double break to go 3-0 up in the first set and later widened her lead to 5-2 before wrapping up the set in 30 minutes.
Karatantcheva fought back in the second set and Tamarine was forced to save several break points despite the 6-0 scoreline, but the Thai ultimately took control to seal the win.
"The match wasn't as easy as it seemed from the score, especially being held six or seven times at deuce on second set. I just tried to take each game at a time," said Tamarine.
"I'm very satisfied and happy to get it over with quickly. Tomorrow, I have nothing to lose."
Meanwhile, Zvonareva was made to work hard for her final spot after taking two hours 12 minutes to see off Shvedova.
The Russian, seeking her 10th title, took the first set in just 34 minutes, but was forced to dig deep in the second when the Kazakh intensified her attack.
"It was very tough match. It was difficult for me, my form is not good overall," said Zvonareva.
"I've not shown my best tennis but I tried to play a smart game."
Shvedova had a chance to break from the start of the third set, but Zvonareva used her huge serve to turn things around and broke the next game before powering on to take the set.
The Russian is now anticipating a testing match against Tamarine on Sunday.
"I never played Tammy on hard court," added Zvonareva.
"I played her at Wimbledon. She played great tennis. Tomorrow is going to be tough."