Oeiras, Portugal (Sports Network) - Third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
and fourth-seeded 2012 runner-up Carla Suarez will be the combatants in
Saturday's women's final at the Portugal Open.
The Russian Pavlyuchenkova was blown away in the opening set of her semifinal
match on Friday before rebounding for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Swiss
Romina Oprandi, while a rematch of last year's Portugal Open final saw Suarez
Navarro exact some revenge on Kaia Kanepi with a 6-4, 6-1 decision at this
clay-court French Open tune-up. The Estonian slugger Kanepi beat Suarez
Navarro in last year's final when the tournament was staged in Estoril.
The 21-year-old Moscow native Pavlyuchenkova will appear in her seventh career
WTA final, seeking a fifth title. Three of the world No. 19's four career
championships have come in Monterrey Mexico, including one just last month.
The 24-year-old Suarez Navarro, meanwhile, is seeking her first-ever WTA-level
title, having finished as a runner-up on four occasions, including one in
Acapulco back in March.
Pavlyuchenkova will meet the 23rd-ranked Suarez Navarro for a fifth time,
seeking a fifth victory.
The winner of this $235,000 event will collect $42,000.
The Sports Network