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Bertens tops Kvitova, advances to finals in Cincinnati

Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, reacts during a semi-final match against Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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MASON, Ohio - Kiki Bertens advanced to her first Western & Southern Open final on Saturday, wearing down No. 8 Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 for a chance at her second title of the season.

Bertens is an unexpected finalist, winning only one match during three previous appearances in Cincinnati. Her only title this season was at Charleston.

Top-ranked Simona Halep plays later, trying to reach the finals for the third time. She has never won a Cincinnati title.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic highlight the men’s semifinals, needing a win on Saturday to play each other for the title. Federer is trying for a record eighth Cincinnati title. Djokovic is trying to win the tournament for the first time.