Yulia Putintseva and Alison Van Youtwenk will clash for the Astana Open title on Saturday. The top two Seeds advanced to the final after winning their respective semifinals in straight sets on Friday. In the first semifinal, second seeded Belgium defeated Jacqueline Christian of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 16 minutes.
Van Uttenke won 72% of his first-serve points while Christian won only 36% of his first-serve points. However, the latter was able to win more points than his other services - 52% to 41% of Van Yutvenk. Wayne Yutwank broke Christian five times throughout the match, saving two of the four break points he faced.
Putintseva, meanwhile, beat sixth-seeded Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes. Both players came close to equal points from their first serve - Putintseva won 60% while Peterson won 59%.
But the biggest difference was in the second service point won by both players. Putintseva won 75% of his second-service points while Sweden won only 28% of his second-service points. While Kazakh was facile in the aperture set, the second set virtually slipped out of his hands as he broke while accommodating for the match in the eighth game.
Serving for the second time in the 10th game, Peters scored two more break points to give the set a five-equalizer. But Putintseva held his nerves and closed both breakpoints before converting the win.
Speaking after his victory, Putintseva said: "The second set was tight from the start. It was some close games that turned my way. I kenned the 4-1 game was very consequential; I kenned that if I could lead 5-1, at least if I didn’t give it the first time, next time I didn’t give it the first time, next time I would have a new ball.
I don’t ken how I won this game ... I had one fortuitous shot that availed me get another match point. It's great, it's very special [to be in the final at home] - I'm really looking forward to it.
Kazakh has a comfortable lead of 4-0. This will also be the first time since the 2020 Linz Open that the two top seeds will play each other in a title clash.