Doi and Barthel to contest Luxembourg final

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Misaki Doi will feature in her maiden WTA final on Sunday after Alison van Uytvanck retired in their last-four meeting at the Luxembourg Open.

Doi, the world number 92, followed up her impressive victory over Jelena Jankovic by taking the first set 6-4 in the second of Saturday's semi-finals.

And Van Uytvanck then called a halt to her participation, ensuring Doi will face Mona Barthel for the title.

Barthel - a three-time winner on the WTA Tour whose last success came in Bastad last year - enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Stefanie Voegele earlier in the day.

After an even start, Barthel seized control by reeling off seven games in succession to win the first set and move 3-0 up in the second.

Another break of the Voegele serve put Barthel within a game of the final and, although the German then dropped serve for the first time, she duly served out the match at the second attempt.


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