Zakapalova stuns Stosur to reach Hobart final

Klara Zakopalova defeated Sam Stosur to reach the final of the Hobart International and give herself an important psychological edge heading into the Australian Open.

Klara Zakapalova

Zakopalova had not won a set in her previous three matches against Australian favourite Stosur but prevailed 6-3 6-2 in Tasmania.

Coincidentally, the pair will meet again in the first round of the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Monday.

First the Czech has a final to play against Garbine Muguruza, who defeated fellow Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela for the loss of only one game.

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