Radwanska, Wickmayer into Classic final

20:27, Jan 04 2013
Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina stretches to hit a backhand during her first round win over Eugenie Bouchard.
Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe in action during her first round match with Eleni Daniilidou.
Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard in action in her first round match against Elena Vesnina.
Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou hits a forehand return during her match against Coco Vandeweghe.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova plays a forehand during her first round match against Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens celebrates her victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, right, and Heather Watson of Great Britain play against Paige Mary Hourigan and Claudia Williams of New Zealand in their first round doubles match.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's  Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Johanna Larsson
Johanna Larsson from Sweden beat second seed Julia Goerges in the second round.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic from New Zealand battles to stay in the match in the first set of her second round match against Jamie Hampton.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer serves during her quarter-final clash with Kirsten Flipkens.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel hits a forehand during her quarter-final win over Johanna Larsson.
Johanna Larsson
The look on Johanna Larsson's face says it all she loses her quarter-final clash with Mona Barthel.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand in her quarter final match against Elena Vesnina of Russia.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer stretches to hit a forehand during her semifinal win over Mona Barthel.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel during her semifinal against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer celebrates after booking her place in the final.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her semifinal against Jamie Hampton.
Jamie Hampton
Jamie Hampton in her semifinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland during the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Yanina Wickmayer in action during the final of the ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska with the ASB Classic trophy.
ASB Classic
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland on her way to winning against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.

World No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska has put smiles onto the faces of Tennis Auckland officials by making it to tomorrow's final of the ASB Classic.

She will meet Yanina Wickmayer, who beat Mona Barthel in the first semifinal earlier today, in the final.

There was always the worry that Radwanska, the poster girl player for the tournament, would fail to make it far into the week, as was the case with Maria Sharapova a couple of years ago, but there have been no such problems over Radwanska, who beat American Jamie Hampton 7-6 7-6 today.

The semifinal was gripping, with Hampton again playing well above her world ranking of 70, but it was at the crucial moments where Radwanska's quality and her opponent's inexperience shone out.

However, Hampton can be proud of what she has achieved in Auckland, including this semifinal.

Her big serve meant that Radwanska was often on the back foot in the points and, although she gets more balls back than most, the American was usually able to blast a forehand to some unreachable place on the court.

Radwanska was struggling to hold serve for most of the first set and it eventually broke in the 11th game.

Serving in the next game, Hampton had a set point but disastrously for her she double faulted and that's an opportunity you can't miss out on against a player of Radwanska's quality.

Buoyed by that mistake, Radwanska won the next two points and then took the tiebreak 7-4.

Coming so close to taking a set against the top seed affected Hampton mentally and she quickly fell behind 4-0 in the second set.

However, composure was then recovered and she pulled both breaks back and like the first, the second set went into a tiebreak.

Once again Radwanska stood up when it mattered, winning it 7-3 to secure her place in the final.

Earlier, Wickmayer beat Barthel in a match that lasted just over an hour and three quarters and saw both players have their good and bad moments, especially Wickmayer in the second set where she was broken three times and dropped it in just 20 minutes.

However, the match tightened up in the third set with both players producing high quality tennis.

But Barthel served two double faults in the tiebreak - the tennis equivalent of signing your own suicide note - and Wickmayer took advantage of her opponents' slip-ups by winning the tiebreak 7-3.

This was Wickmayer's first real test at the 2013 Classic, as she'd played against opponents of significant lower quality on her way to the final four.

However, she showed enough composure to win this match and make the final, emulating her feats in 2010 and 2011.

Whether she has the quality to beat Radwanska tommorow is another matter.

The top seed has looked head and shoulders above everyone else this week

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