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By Alberto Amalfi | Saturday, February 4, 2017

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina was in first-class form advancing to the Taiwan Open final.

Svitolina stopped Mandy Minella, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to her first final since she fell to Petra Kvitova in the Zhuhai final last November.

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A strong semifinal performance came the day after Svitolina fought off four match points in a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4) triumph over Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur.

The 13th-ranked Svitolina raised her 2017 record to 9-2. She will play Peng Shuai in Sunday’s championship match.

Fresh off her run to the Australian Open doubles final, Peng defeated a familiar face, Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-2.

The 71st-ranked Chinese reached her first WTA final since she overcame Alison Riske to win the Tianjin title last October.



Peng gained a measure of revenge for her loss in the Melbourne doubles final to Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

A red-hot Peng has won 17 of her last 20 matches, reaching three finals—including the Shenzhen Challenger—in that span.

In their lone prior meeting, Peng beat Svitolina, 6-3, 6-4, in the 2014 New Haven second round.

 

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