Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, falling to Julia Goerges 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday.
The former-top-ranked Dane led 4-2 in the second set, but Goerges rallied to advance in straight sets.
Goerges will face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Saturday’s final. Radwanska defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.
The fifth-seeded Radwanska took an early 4-1 lead and won the first set in 33 minutes. The Polish player faltered in the second when Jankovic broke twice.
Radwanska regrouped and wrapped up the match without losing another game. She said she regained her confidence by breaking early in the third set.
“She just start to play much better in the second set. I was really in trouble,” Radwanska said. “But in the third set, I was just trying to be focused on my game and just fight until the end.
“I really get more confident after that, and I think she get a bit angry.”
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