Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Petra Kvitova to advance to Connecticut Open final
Elina Svitolina beats Johanna Larsson in other semi
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 27/08/16 9:05am
Agnieszka Radwanska cruised into the final of the Connecticut Open with a dominant 6-1 6-1 triumph over double defending champion Petra Kvitova.
The Polish world number four was always in control against her Czech opponent and managed to secure passage through to Saturday's final in just 77 minutes.
Kvitova, who was aiming to become only the third four-time winner of the tournament in New Haven, committed 17 unforced errors in the first set as Radwanska raced into a commanding 5-0 lead.
After claiming the opening set, the tournament's top seed then took a tight grip of the second after winning the first four games after the interval.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, could not recover as Radwanska claimed a convincing victory ahead of the start of the US Open later this week.
Radwanska will now face Elina Svitolina, who defeated Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-2, in the final.
Defeat to Svitolina ends a memorable tournament for Larsson, who was only granted a place in the main draw after other players withdrew from the competition.
The 28-year-old managed to upset Italy's Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals before finally coming up short against the Ukrainian.
Svitolina, the tournament's 10th seed, now has the chance to claim her second title of the year, following her victory in Malaysia in May.