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Battling back: Caroline Wozniacki saved a match point

Battling back: Caroline Wozniacki saved a match point

Battling back: Caroline Wozniacki saved a match point

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki has reached her third Eastbourne International final after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The world No.2 will face the unseeded Aryna Sabalenka after the Belarusian defeated 2008 champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 1-6 6-3 in the first of the last-four matches.

Australian Open winner Wozniacki, who won the Eastbourne title in 2009 and was runner-up last year, saved a match point at 5-6 in the second set against Kerber before prevailing in two hours, 17 minutes and firing 34 winners to her opponent's 42.

Sabalenka (20) is through to her third career final, having lost in Tianjin last year and Lugano in April.

She finished off the opening set with her first ace but, after breaking Radwanska in the first game of the second, she began spraying her shots and lost six games in a row.

Radwanska was serving a break up at 3-2, 40-0 in the third when Sabalenka powered back, winning four straight games and saving a break point in the last.

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