Venus to face Niculescu in Luxembourg final

3:34 PM, Oct 20, 2012   |    comments
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Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 Venus Williams and Romanian Monica Niculescu won semifinal matches Saturday and will play for the title at the Luxembourg Open.

Williams rallied past German Andrea Petkovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to secure a spot in Sunday's title match.

The unseeded Williams is trying to end the longest title drought of her career, as she last captured a title at Acapulco in Feb. 2010. Williams has 43 singles titles overall.

Niculescu handled Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-3 to advance to her second career final. She lost to Victoria Azarenka at the Luxembourg final last year.

Williams and Niculescu will meet for the first time Sunday.

The 2012 winner of this $220,000 tournament will earn $37,000.

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