Tennis - Kirilenko to face Lisicki in Pattaya final

Maria Kirilenko will face Sabine Lisicki in the final of the WTA tournament in Pattaya.

After Ana Ivanovic's exit, Kirilenko is the highest-ranked player in the draw and she crushed fourth seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2.

The world number 15 will now meet fifth seed Lisicki who ousted Russian Nina Bratchikova 7-5 6-3.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Lisicki will look for her fourth WTA title in Sunday’s final after an injury-strewn 2012 when she was plagued by abdominal and left ankle injuries and never went beyond the last eight of a tournament. 

She took 90 minutes to beat the world number 130 who was making her first WTA semi-final appearance.

Kirilenko dominated Cirstea in a re-match of last year’s semi-final at the Thai venue. 

The world number 15 needed three sets in 2012 but blasted her opponent away in just 67 minutes this time.