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Babos topples Safarova to reach Quebec WTA final

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Timea Babos (Gallo Images)
Timea Babos (Gallo Images)

Montreal - Third-seeded Hungarian Timea Babos edged top-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the WTA Quebec City final, where she'll take on Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. 

Babos reached her second WTA final of the year, having captured her hometown title in Budapest with a win over Safarova in the final. 

On Saturday, Babos, ranked 63rd in the world, levelled her head-to-head record against Safarova at two wins apiece, holding firm in the face of Safarova's strong start and securing the match after an hour and 42 minutes. 

Babos was under pressure early as Safarova didn't drop a point in her first four service games.

The Hungarian wasn't as flawless, but never faced a break point herself and finally earned the first break chance of the match - a set-point at 6-5. 

Safarova saved it and they went to the tiebreaker, in which Babos again mustered the first set-point chance. 

But Safarova battled back, and held a set-point herself before Babos closed it out on her sixth opportunity. 

Babos gained the upper hand in the second set with a break for 4-3. Although she was unable to convert four match points on Safarova's serve, she wrapped it up in the next game. 

Babos will be seeking a third career title on Sunday against seventh-seeded Van Uytvanck, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Germany's Tatjana Maria. 

Van Uytvanck reached the first WTA final of her career with a dominant performance that included winning nine straight games bridging the first and second sets. 

She broke Maria five times and saved the only break point she faced. 

The Belgian's dominance pushed the frustrated Maria into an increasing stream of unforced errors, that only made things easier for her 23-year-old opponent.


Results from the WTA tournament at Quebec City, Canada on Saturday (x denotes seeding):

Semi-finals

Tmea Babos (HUN x3) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x1) 7-6 (10/8), 6-4

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL x7) bt Tatjana Maria (GER x4) 6-1, 6-2

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