Tianjin - Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska
of Poland easily won her semi-final match at the Tianjin Open on Saturday,
setting up a final that will pit her against unseeded Danka Kovinic of
Radwanska, ranked sixth in the world, beat
third seed Czech Karolina Pliskova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Kovinic, meanwhile, beat Bojana Jovanovski
of Serbia 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 in over two hours of play.
The semi-final matches were played in
extremely poor air quality, with government data showing levels of PM2.5
particulates - small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs - nearly eight times
the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization in a 24-hour period.
The $500 000 WTA tournament has seen a run
of upsets, the most spectacular when Italian top seed Flavia Pennetta, who won
the US Open last month, went out to a player ranked more than 400 places below
her, Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kichenok.