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Wozniacki, Ivanovic to meet in Tokyo final

Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic will meet for the title at the Pan Pacific Open after winning semifinal matches on Saturday.

The second-seeded Wozniacki outlasted Spain's Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, in the first match before the third-seeded Ivanovic upended top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-5, 6-3. Kerber was last year's runner-up.

Wozniacki, the 2010 Tokyo winner, saved 19 of the 23 break points she faced Saturday, holding off the more aggressive Muguruza. The Spaniard had 53 winners, but also committed 50 unforced errors.

Ivanovic was down 5-3 in the first set, then rolled from there. She dropped just three of the next 13 games to advance to her sixth final of 2014.

The 26-year-old Serb is 3-2 in finals this year. She beat Venus Williams in Auckland to start the season and topped Jovana Jaksic in Monterrey in April before losing to Maria Sharapova in Stuttgart a few weeks later. Ivanovic then beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at the Wimbledon tune-up in Birmingham before falling to Serena Williams in the Cincinnati final prior to the U.S. Open.

This is Ivanovic's first event since a stunning second-round exit at Flushing Meadows. She hasn't dropped a set this week.

Wozniacki is also playing for the first time since the U.S. Open, when she fell to Serena Williams in the final. The Dane is 22-4 since Wimbledon, with three of those losses coming against the top-ranked Williams.

Sunday will mark her third final of 2014. Before the loss to Williams in New York, Wozniacki won the Istanbul title against Roberta Vinci in July. She is 22-14 lifetime in title matches.

Ivanovic is 14-7 all-time in finals, including a loss to Martina Hingis in the 2007 Tokyo title match.

Wozniacki beat Elena Dementieva for the 2010 Tokyo crown.

Ivanovic is 4-2 lifetime against Wozniacki, including a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win in the semifinals at Monterrey earlier this year. The two have never met in a final.

This week's champion will collect $196,670.