Bencic and Radwanska through to Tokyo final

Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:43am EDT
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic beat Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to storm into the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she will face Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.

Bencic defeated Wozniacki 6-2 6-4, her fourth win in a row over the former world number one, to reach her fourth WTA final since June.

If the 18-year-old wins, she will break into the world's top 10 rankings for the first time.

"It's amazing to be in the final," she said in her on-court interview.

"Caroline's a great player. If you give free points or aren't focused enough, she comes back and plays great shots and great tennis.

"So I knew I had to be focused well from start to finish today. And I was playing some very good games on my serve -- I tried to not let her break me."

Wozniacki was the top seed for the event but had no answer for Bencic, who won her first WTA title at Eastbourne in June then followed up by winning the Canadian Open in August.

"I want to try to win the title now!" Bencic said.

"But I've reached a better result than I ever thought. So I really want to enjoy the final."   Continued...

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland returns a shot to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their Pan Pacific Open women's singles semi-finals tennis match in Tokyo, Japan, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino