SPORTS

2nd-seeded Stosur beats Schmiedlova to reach final at Gastein Ladies

Samantha Stosur reached her second final of the season after winning the last five games to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5 at the Gastein Ladies on Saturday.

The 23rd-ranked Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, will play top-seeded Sara Errani or fellow Italian Karin Knapp in Sunday's final.

The second-seeded Stosur avoided break points, and won five games in a row from 1-1 to comfortably take the opening set.

She missed four break points in the opening game of the second set and fell 5-2 behind, before winning five straight games again.

The 44th-ranked Schmiedlova, who won the title in Bucharest last week, saw her eight-match winning streak ended.