Sydney - Veteran Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova upset world number two Simona Halep to reach the final of the Sydney
International on Friday.
The 30-year-old won a rain-interrupted
semi-final over the Romanian top seed 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours 44
minutes and will play Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig in the decider later on
The 94th-ranked Puig had an easy ride into
only her second WTA final when Swiss eighth seed Belinda Bencic retired with an
illness after losing the opening set 6-0.
Kuznetsova, making her 11th appearance at
the Sydney tournament, has yet to face Puig in a tour event.
Rain seriously disrupted the tournament's
programme on Thursday and the two women's semi-finals were held over until
Friday with Halep leading 5-4 when play was suspended.
Puig resumed on Friday leading 4-0 over
Bencic in the first set and only played two more games to take the set before
her opponent pulled out of the match citing a stomach illness.
"It's my first final in two years, so
I'm really excited to be back in a final and really excited to just get out
there and compete," Puig said.
"I'll fight my hardest for the