Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejicova salvaged seven match points in a dramatic 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(12) comeback win over Anett Kontaveit on Friday to reach the WTA Sydney final.
The Czech will play for the trophy at the last of the pre-Australian Open tournaments as she takes on Paula Badosa; the Spaniard booked her spot in the final with a routine 6-2 6-2 over Daria Kasatkina.
Krejcikova advanced to victory on her own fifth match point after more than two and a half hours on court to reach her sixth career final.
“It was a really, really tough match, we played wonderful tennis,” the Czech winner said.
“It was very, very tight, and I’m really happy that I was able to hold the nerves better and that I won this match.
“I was expecting it was going to be really difficult, and I know that Anett, she is playing really great tennis and she’s very aggressive.
“I was just playing, just trying to fight for every single ball. When I had those match points down, I was just trying to figure out how to build up the point and how to win the point, and that was everything that I was focusing on.”
Indian Wells winner Badosa will be competing in her third WTA final when she faces the Grand Slam champion.
The Spaniard fired 26 winners and won 14 of the first 16 points over Kasatkina.
Badosa owns her series with Krejcikova 2-0 with wins in Madrid and Indian Wells.