Wozniacki, Dementieva in final

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TOKYO -- Top-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki and former champion Elena Dementieva of Russia will do battle in Saturday's final at the $2 million Toray Pan Pacific Open.

The former U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki went the distance to outlast eighth-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, while a seventh-seeded Dementieva avenged a French Open semifinal loss against Francesca Schiavone with a 6-4, 7-5 victory on the hardcourts at Ariake Colosseum. Dementieva was forced to retire from her semifinal match against Schiavone at Roland Garros because of a calf injury, and the Italian went to capture the title in Paris.

Wozniacki snuck past Azarenka in 2 hours, 51 minutes with the help of 12 double faults from the loser. The sloppy match featured 17 service breaks, including 10 for the winner.

The 20-year-old Wozniacki could supplant Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings with a title this week and a quarterfinal appearance in Beijing next week.

Dementieva topped Schiavone in 1 hour, 51 minutes, as the Russian tallied six breaks, compared to four for her Italian counterpart. The two-time major runner-up Dementieva captured this Tokyo tournament back in 2006.

Wozniacki will appear in her 18th career final, seeking an 11th championship (10-7). She's 4-1 in her 2010 finales.

The 28-year-old Dementieva, meanwhile, is 16-15 in her career finals, including a 2-1 mark this year.

Wozniacki and Dementieva have split six career meetings, but the Dane captured their lone matchup this season, last month in New Haven.

Saturday's winner will collect $350,000, while the runner-up will settle for $175,000.


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