French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina upended the favored Paula Badosa 6-2, 6-4 to return to the San Jose final.
A year ago, Kasatkina lost in the final to Danielle Collins, and now she’ll face another American in Shelby Rogers.
“Playing two times in a row the finals here in San Jose it means it’s a special place for me,” said Kasatkina who upset Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina earlier.
The 29-year-old Rogers continued her best event in years cruising past Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first WTA final since 2016 Rio. Along the way, Rogers has wins this week over Bianca Andreescu, Amanda Anismova and top seed Maria Sakkari. She has yet to drop a set.
“Amazing,” Rogers said. “This is the position you want to be in every single week. This is what we train for. As much as you sacrifice and put in the work, it’s just nice to see it all come together. This is probably one of the most fun weeks that I’ve had on tour. That says a lot about why I’m playing well.
“I’m trying not to get too high or too low. I’m just taking it one point at a time and focus on the things I can control. My serve has been working really well this week and I just feel like I want to hit every ball, which is a nice feeling.”
Rogers is 0-2 in tour finals while Kasatkina is 4-5. The two split their two previous meetings with Kasatkina winning at the French this year while Rogers took it at Miami in 2017.
“I love her, she’s a great person,” Kasatkina said of Rogers. “I’m really happy to share this day and special moment with her on the court. It will be good memories. But of course on the court we will fight against each other, but at the end of the day it will be special.”
In the upset-riddle Washington event, two big ball strikes Liudmila Samsonova will take on Kaia Kanepi in the final.
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