Russian pair set for Billie Jean King final

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Russia’s Kiril Rodin and Great Britain’s Katie Boulter will clash for a spot in the Billie Jean King Tennis Classic final on Tuesday.

The match-up at the Citi Tennis Center in Washington D.C. will be the first time a pair of women have met for the final in the history of the women’s tournament.

In the other semifinal — originally scheduled for Monday but later postponed due to severe weather — two-time Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber will face Brit Jodie Mudd for a place in the final.

Double Grand Slam winner Kerber earned her spot with a comfortable 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over world number 55 Danielle Collins in the morning of the semi-finals.

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The German, who famously cried on court when she made a humiliating first-round exit at Wimbledon this year, fell behind 0-2 early but managed to reel off five straight games and eventually won the first set by wrapping up the tiebreak 7-1.

With the win, Kerber also secured her place in the final at the expense of the American teenager, whose fall victim’s to Kerber was the embarrassing line-calling error which cost her the Wimbledon title.

British 20-year-old Mudd’s reward is a repeat match with 16th-ranked German Kerber, with the winner earning the $88,000 prize.

In other women’s semi-final action, Argentina’s Gabriela Dabrowski breezed into the women’s doubles final.

The pair defeated Kiki Bertens and Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2. The world number six will now face top seeds Timea Babos and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who had a walkover into the final following the withdrawal of former US Open champion and Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki with an illness.

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