Pattaya City, Thailand (Sports Network) - Maria Kirilenko and Sabine Lisicki
were semifinal winners Saturday and will meet for the title at the Pattaya
The second-seeded Kirilenko rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 rout of Romania's Sorana
Cirstea after the fifth-seeded Lisicki had polished off Russian Nina
Bratchikova, 7-5, 6-3.
Kirilenko will play in the Pattaya final for the second straight year. She
lost to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova last year, one of her two losses in
title matches in 2012.
The 25-year-old Russian is 5-6 lifetime in WTA finals and has lost four in a
row since winning her last tournament title in September 2008 in Seoul.
Lisicki is 3-2 lifetime in finals and will play in a title match for the first
time since August 2011 when she won the U.S. Open tune-up in Texas.
It's been a rough start to 2013 for the German, who was bounced in the second
round by Victoria Azarenka in Brisbane and lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the
first round at the Australian Open.
Kirilenko won both previous meetings with Lisicki, but Sunday will mark their
first matchup in a WTA main draw. The two last squared off in qualifying for
the U.S. Open tune-up in Cincinnati.
This week's titlist will collect $40,000.
The Sports Network