Wozniacki to play Peng in Brussels Open final

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki outlasted French Open champion

Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Friday to reach the final of the

Brussels Open.

She will play for the title Saturday against Peng Shuai of

China, who upset No. 3-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3.

Wozniacki kept the coolest head in the final set of a match that

stretched 2 hours, 32 minutes and will now seek her fourth title of

the year heading into the French Open.

The 31st-ranked Peng relied on her powerful serve to pressure

Zvonareva throughout the match and capitalized on the Russian’s

string of unforced errors to reach her first final since 2008 and

earn a shot at a first WTA tour victory.

”I’m really excited to go to the final,” she said after

beating Zvonareva for the first time in eight tries. ”I played her

many times and lost many times.”

The Chinese slammed seven aces on the slow clay of the overcast

Primerose center court, compared to none for the Russian. Zvonareva

never found her touch as she was pressed all over the court.

Schiavone fought back against Wozniacki with attacking play to

force a third set. Schiavone had lost to the Dane three times on

hard courts since beating her in the quarterfinals on the way to

the French Open title last year.

Both players were error-prone on their serve in the third set,

but Wozniacki won the biggest points, eventually capturing the

match with a volley that caught Schiavone flat-footed.