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Alexandrova through to her second WTA Tour final

WTA Shenzhen Open 2020 - Day 6

SHENZHEN, CHINA - JANUARY 10: Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia thanks the crowd during the women’s singles semi final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain on day 6 of the 2020 WTA Shenzhen Open at Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center on January 10, 2020 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

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SHENZHEN, China -- Ekaterina Alexandrova made it to her second WTA Tour final by beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-2 on Friday at the Shenzhen Open.

The fifth-seeded Russian lost to the 2017 Wimbledon champion in straight sets in the first round three years ago.

“It was a tough match right from the start,” Alexandrova said. “I was calmer than yesterday and that helped a lot. I’m happy I did my best and I hope I can do it tomorrow.”

Alexandrova last played in a WTA Tour final in Linz, Austria, two years ago and will have a chance to win her maiden title when she takes on Elena Rybakina in Saturday’s final.

The seventh-seeded Rybakina defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-2, 7-5 in the other semifinal match.