Stosur into Austrian final

Samantha Stosur has reached her second final of the season, beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-1 7-5 at Austria’s Gastein Ladies.

The 23rd-ranked Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, will now play top-seeded Sara Errani or fellow Italian Karin Knapp in Sunday’s final.

The second-seeded Stosur avoided break points, and won five games in a row from 1-1 to comfortably take the opening set.

She missed four break points in the opening game of the second set and fell 5-2 behind, before winning five straight games again.

The 44th-ranked Schmiedlova, who won the title in Bucharest last week, saw her eight-match winning streak ended.

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