Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis survived a tough test to reach the final of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament here on Saturday.
The No.1 seeded Hingis and Mirza beat 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a rain-affected semi-final.
If they win the title, Mirza will be the new women’s doubles World No.1 player.
Waiting for them in the final for them are Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak, who got past Marina Erakovic and Andrea Petkovic in the second doubles semi-final 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.
In singles, Angelique Kerber spoiled Andrea Petkovic’s perfect record on Saturday, beating the defending champion in an all-German semi-final to set up a title clash with Madison Keys.
hird-seeded Petkovic brought a perfect 11-0 record on the green clay courts of Charleston into the meeting with her fifth-seeded countrywoman.
Petkovic seized an early break for a 2-0 lead, but Kerber won 11 of the next 14 games en route to a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.
Trailing 6-4, 5-1, Petkovic didn’t go down without a final fight.
She won three games on the trot to narrow the gap to 5-4 in the second set before Kerber served out the match with a love game.
“I’m so close with Andrea. We’re really good friends. It’s always tough to play against someone like that,” Petkovic said. “But I was just trying to focus on myself and my game.
“But also congratulations to Andrea – she’s back in the top, and I wish her all the best.”
Kerber is through to her first WTA final since a runner-up finish to Serena Williams at Stanford last year.
In Keys she’ll face a rising talent eager to add a second WTA title to her resume.
Her first came at the expense of Kerber at Eastbourne last year in Keys’s first WTA final.
The seventh-seeded American is assured of reaching a new career high ranking of 17th in the world after beating Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals.