Pennetta vs. Zheng in Auckland final

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the ASB Classic final.

The fourth-seeded Pennetta will face China’s Zheng Jie on Saturday. The unseeded Zheng rallied to beat third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Pennetta improved to 2-1 against Kerber, with the loss coming last year in the US Open quarterfinals.

”It was very emotional for me,” Pennetta said. ”I remembered the quarterfinal at the US Open and a lot of thoughts came into my mind.”