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Kuznetsova books China Open final spot

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  • Svetlana Kuznetsova secured her place in the final of the China Open
  • Kuznetsova eased to a 6-1 6-3 over fellow Russian Nadia Petrova in Beijing
  • Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-3 in the other semifinal
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(CNN) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova eased to a semifinal victory over fellow Russian Nadia Petrova to set up a meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the China Open.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova booked her place in the final of the China Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Nadia Petrova.

The number six seed needed just one hour and eight minutes to dispatch Petrova, seeded 13th in the tournament, with a straight sets -- 6-1 6-3 -- victory in Beijing.

Kuznetsova comfortably took the first set, with Petrova only able to register one game, but her compatriot hit back early in the second as she broke Kuznetsova's serve early in the set.

But apart from that the 24-year-old from St Petersburg was rarely troubled and Petrova only pushed her to deuce once in eight service games while Kuznetsova broke Petrova's serve five times.

In Kuznetsova's three previous appearances at the China Open final she has been a finalist twice in 2004 and 2007 and winner in 2006 and hopes to make up for the heartbreak of defeat to Jelena Jankovic last time out with victory over Radwanska.

"The level was very high and it was tough to beat Nadia Petrova," Kuznetsova told the WTA Tour Web site.

"I'll keep trying to play my best. I will be the favorite and I hope I'm going to win, but you never know."

In the other semifinal, 12th seed Radwanska from Poland came back from early breaks to register a 6-4 6-3 win over 14th seed Marion Bartoli of France.

Kuznetsova has a 5-3 record over Radwanska but after the Russian won their first three meetings, Radwanska's three wins have come in their last five meetings and she is optimistic of her chances in the final.

Radwanska said: "We've played before and I've had some wins and some losses. It's always good to play against her. She's a great player and I'll try my best."

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