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Dulko reaches Budapest finals with easy win

4/28/2007 - Tennis

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina
beat Agnes Szavay 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to advance to the final of the
Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix.



Dulko will play 17-year-old Romanian qualifier Sorana Cirstea in
Sunday's final. Cirstea beat Karin Knapp of Italy 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in
the other semifinal.


Dulko broke Szavay's serve in the fifth game of the match and
then won three more games in a row to take the opening set.


In the second set, Dulko opened with a break and took a 3-0 lead
before the Hungarian broke back in the only game she won in the
set.


"I think I had a good mix of shots. Sometimes I hit hard,
sometimes I played the high ball," Dulko said. "I tried to play a
lot from my first serve, and pressure her with my returns."


Knapp, ranked 97th, took the first set comfortably, but Cirstea
worked hard to stay in the match and broke the Italian's serve at
5-4 to win the second set. Cirstea, ranked 335th, won the third set
after taking a 4-2 lead.