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    Default Flavia Pennetta Advances In To Finals Of Auckland Classic

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    Flavia Pennetta of Italy ousted Francesca Schiavone to advance into the finals of Auckland Classic. The Italian thumped her doubles partner in staright sets by 6-3, 6-0 in a encounter of just under an hour.

    Pennetta next plays Yanina Wickmayer in the finals on Saturday. The Belgian Wickmayer had overpowered Shahar Peer of Israel by 6-4, 7-5 in the other semi-final clash at the Auckland Tennis Centre. The 12 ranked Pennetta crushed Schiavone with a powerful service game .She broke her compatriot's serve five times.

    A wild card entrant Wickmayer had made into the tournament after a court last month overturned a one-year ban imposed on her for violating the Belgian doping authority's "whereabouts rule.

    The 20-year-old Wickmayer after the match said,"I didn't play my best tennis. I made a lot of mistakes especially in the beginning of the second set. It was 0-3, it was only one break, but she was really playing better and she had stepped up a level so I knew I had to play a lot better to come back.

    "I just kept fighting and playing well every point and while I was making mistakes the points were getting closer so I am really happy with the comeback."



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