SEOUL: Wimbledon champion Venus Williams advanced to the final of the Korea Open on Saturday after dismantling Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Tournament top seed Venus will face Maria Kirilenko in the final of the $145,000 event.
Venus, who got stronger as the match wore on, was sublime at the net and fizzed serves of more than 200 kph (124 mph) past her World No. 62 opponent.
Number four seed Kirilenko of Russia beat fifth seed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7-5, 6-0 in the other semifinal.
Razzano in final
At Guangzhou, second-seeded Virginie Razzano of France defeated the fourth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Saturday to advance to the final of the Guangzhou International Open.
Razzano bounced back from a slow start to post a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Cibulkova and will meet Israel’s Tzipora Obziler in Sunday’s final.
Unseeded Obziler defeated Russia’s Anastasia Rodionova, who was forced to retire due to the heat after trailing 6-1, 3-1.
The results: At Seoul (WTA Hansol Korea Open): Semifinals: Venus Williams bt Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2; Maria Kirilenko bt Eleni Daniilidou 7-5, 6-0.
At Bangkok (Thailand Open): Semifinals: Dmitry Tursunov bt Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4; Benjamin Becker bt Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Quarterfinal: Tomas Berdych bt Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-4.
At Guangzhou (WTA Guangzhou International Open): Semifinals: Virginie Razzano bt Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; Tzipora Obziler bt Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 3-1 (retd.). Quarterfinals: Dominika Cibulkova bt Alicia Molik 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-4.
At Luxembourg (WTA Fortis Championships): Semifinals: Daniela Hantuchova bt Marion Bartoli 6-2, 6-2.
Quarterfinals: Marion Bartoli bt Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Ana Ivanovic bt Tatiana Golovin 6-1, 6-2. — Agencies