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No fourth Mallorca final for Sevastova as Kenin advances

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(Reuters) – American Sofia Kenin did what no other player has ever done at the Mallorca Open as she stopped Latvian Anastasija Sevastova reaching the final with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 win on Saturday.

Second seed Sevastova had reached all three previous finals at the grasscourt tournament that became part of the WTA calendar in 2016 — winning the title once.

But 20-year-old Kenin, who reached the last 16 in the French Open this month, ended that run as she stepped up a gear in the deciding set to storm to victory and inflict only a third loss in 19 matches for Sevastova on the Santa Ponsa lawns.

She has gone one stage further than last year when she reached the semi-finals as a qualifier and will face either Wimbledon champion and top seed Angelique Kerber or Swiss Belinda Bencic in Sunday’s final.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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