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Stosur beats Schmiedlova to reach Gastein Ladies final

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) — Second-seeded Samantha Stosur beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5 at the Gastein Ladies on Saturday.

Rain washed out the second semifinal between top-seeded Sara Errani and fellow Italian Karin Knapp.

It was moved to Sunday, 10 a.m. local time, with the final to be played later that day.

Stosur reached her second final of the season after winning the last five games against the seventh-seeded Schmiedlova.

The 23rd-ranked Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, avoided break points, and won five games in a row from 1-1 to comfortably take the opening set.

She missed four break points in the opening game of the second set and fell 5-2 behind, before winning five straight games again.

The 44th-ranked Schmiedlova, who won the title in Bucharest last week, saw her eight-match winning streak ended.

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