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Meusburger beats Knapp to reach Bad Gastein final
July 20, 2013, 8:59 am

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Yvonne Meusburger of Austria reached her second straight WTA final by defeating Karin Knapp of Italy 6-4, 6-3 at the Gastein Ladies on Saturday.

Meusburger, who was beaten by Romania's Simona Halep for the title in Budapest last week, will play either Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic or Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

In her third career final, Meusburger is looking for her first title. She also reached the final of the 2007 Gastein Ladies but lost to Francesca Schiavone.

The 86th-ranked Meusburger broke Knapp in the opening game but missed two chances to go 4-1 up. After four consecutive breaks, Meusburger held serve at 5-4.

The Austrian failed to serve out the match at 5-2 but broke Knapp immediately after when the Italian ended the match with two double faults.

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