May 26, 2017 / 1:23 PM / a year ago

Top seed Bertens in Nuremberg final again after Doi retires

BERLIN (Reuters) - Top seed and defending champion Kiki Bertens moved into the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after Japan’s Misaki Doi retired with an abdominal injury early in the second set.

Tennis - ATP - Rome Open - Simona Halep of Romania v Kiki Bertens of Netherlands - Rome, Italy - 20/5/17. Bertens returns the ball. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

The Dutch world number 19 has enjoyed a successful claycourt season in the build up to the French Open which starts on Sunday. She reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and the last four in Rome.

“I had some tough weeks with a lot of matches so I came in with a lot of confidence. I really wanted to play well here,” the 25-year-old Bertens, who was leading 6-2 0-1 when her opponent quit, said. “I am happy to be in the final again.”

On Saturday she will face 21-year-old Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova. The 254th-ranked Krejcikova continued her winning run this week with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over Romanian Sorana Cristea in just under two hours.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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