Kirilenko sets up Lisicki final

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 13:46 GMT

Second seed Maria Kirilenko made short work of Sorana Cirstea to progress through to the final of the Pattaya Open, where she will face Sabine Lisicki.

Maria Kirilenko: Through to the final of the Pattaya Open
Maria Kirilenko: Through to the final of the Pattaya Open

Kirilenko needed just over an hour to brush aside her Romanian opponent

6-0 6-2 as the world number 15 moved a step closer to claiming her first title of the season.

Kirelinko also beat Cirstea in last year's semi-finals before losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the final.

Fifth seed Lisicki defeated Kirilenko's compatriot Nina Bratchikova 7-5 6-3.

German Lisicki was playing in her first semi-final since 2011 after being hit by injuries last year, while Bratchikova was making her maiden appearance at this stage of a WTA tournament.


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