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Bartoli, Cibulkova reach Carlsbad final
Top-seeded Marion Bartoli and No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova will face off for the Mercury Insurance Open title following semifinal wins Saturday.
France’s Bartoli reached the championship with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision over qualifier Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan.
Chan had upended third-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic Friday in the quarterfinals at La Costa Resort and Spa.
Meanwhile, Slovakia’s Cibulkova had to eke out a long first-set tiebreaker before downing fourth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (10-8), 6-1.
Cibulkova improved to 3-1 all-time against Petrova with the victory.
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