Putintseva to play Zidansek in Nuremberg Cup final

Putintseva to play Zidansek in Nuremberg Cup final
Julia Putinzewa from Kazakhstan celebrates after winning her semifinal match against Sorana Cirstea from Romania at the WTA-Tour tournament in Nuremberg, Germany, Friday, May 24, 2019. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will face Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek in the Nuremberg Cup final on Saturday.

Putintseva, whose quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Friedsam lasted a season-longest 3 hours, 21 minutes on Thursday, converted her first match point to beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 7-5 in the last four on Friday.

Zidansek upset the second-seeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the second semifinal at the clay-court tournament.

Putintseva, who lost finals in St. Petersburg (2017) and Guangzhou (2018), is bidding for her first WTA singles title. The 68th-ranked Zidansek will also be going for her first win.

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