Stephens marches into Citi Bank final

Sloane Stephens made light work of second seed Samantha Stosur on Saturday to book her spot in the final of the Citi Open in Washington.

The American required an hour and 22 minutes to down Stosur 7-6(7-4), 6-0, and set up a final showdown against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Stephens edged a close first set in which both players dropped their serves once. Stosur who took the early initiative and raced to a 3-1 lead by breaking Stephens in the fourth game. However, the American broke back immediatley and a tiebreaker was required to decide the set.

Again Stosur was out in front early, taking a 4-2 lead before Stephens rattled off five points in succession to take the opener.

There was no looking back for Stephens, and the second set proved a very different prospect, with the local hope breaking Stosur three times and winning 80 percent of points on her own serve to race into the final.

The only person standing between Stephens and the title is Pavlyuchenkova, who progressed to the finale after top seed Ekaterina Makarova was forced to withdraw from their semi-final clash with the scores level at one set apiece.

Makarova claimed the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 6-3. It was then that the Russian called time on her tournament, with a right leg injury preventing her from continuing.