Up-and-coming 18-year-old Jelena Ostapenko is through to the final of the Qatar Total Open in Doha, where she will face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.
Ostapenko was up against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in her semi-final on Friday, and fought back from 5-1 down in the first set to take it 7-5.
The Latvian also claimed an early break in the second, at which point Petkovic was forced to retire due to a pain in her left thigh that hampered her movement as the match progressed.
But it won’t matter to Ostapenko how she got to the final – she’s in sight of her maiden WTA title.
“I’m really happy with how I played today,” she said in her on-court interview. “I’m sorry for Andrea that she had to retire. It’s not nice after reaching the semis because she’s great player. I’m really happy that I could fight from 5-1 and win the set.
“I’m really happy to play the finals tomorrow.”
Standing in Ostapenko’s way is eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who was surprisingly dominant in her 6-2, 6-0 win over Agnieszka Radwanska.
The Spaniard is also in sight of what would be a massive win.
Ostapenko beat Suarez Navarro in their only previous encounter at last year’s Wimbledon Championships.
“She has been playing great this week; she had some really great matches and I hope I can show my best tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it,” said Ostapenko, who didn’t want to start patting herself on the back just yet, despite her impressive run this week.
“It’s just the start of the career; I don’t think I have anything to celebrate because I still have to play the finals tomorrow!”