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Saint Petersburg Ladies’s Trophy: Margarita Gasparyan beats Vera Zvonareva to organize for the ultimate towards Daria Kasatkina

Zvonareva, 36, a 2010 Wimbledon and US Open finalist, is ranked thirty eighth on the earth however was outclassed by her compatriot Russian, who’s 10 years her junior and ranks 88 locations under her .

File picture of Daria Kasatkina. Twitter @ BNPParibasOpen

Saint PETERSBOURG: The Russian previous guard needed to give solution to the youthful era as Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova misplaced to Margarita Gasparyan and Daria Kasatkina respectively within the semi-finals of the WTA occasion in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Zvonareva, 36, a 2010 Wimbledon and US Open finalist, is ranked thirty eighth on the earth however was outclassed by her compatriot Russian, who’s 10 years her junior and ranks 88 locations under her .

Gasparyan saved 4 set factors within the second set earlier than successful 6-3, 7-6 (9).

Former world quantity two Zvonareva was attempting to achieve his first closing since Tokyo in 2011.

After tanking the primary set, Zvonareva led 6-4 within the second set tiebreaker and 4 instances had a set level inside attain.

However a tame comeback and a slender setback wasted two. Gasparyan saved the opposite two with fierce forehand victories and, regardless of a double fault on his first match level, closed the victory on his second.

Within the different semi-final, 35-year-old Kuznetsova, who received the primary of her two majors on the US Open in 2004 when Kasatkina was simply seven, scored the primary set.

However the younger Russian, now 23 and ranked 61st, fought again strongly to win 1-6, 6-0, 6-2.

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