Dubai, United Arab Emirates – German Julia Goerges seeded former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Friday's semifinal action at the $2 million Dubai Tennis Championships. Goerges will face fifth seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday's final.
Goerges straight-setted the defending titlist Wozniacki 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 at Dubai Tennis Stadium. The bout ended in 2 hours, 12 minutes, as Wozniacki was broken six times, compared to five breaks by the Danish star, who also failed to record even one ace on Day 5.
The 23-year-old Goerges is now 3-2 lifetime against Wozniacki.
Wozniacki titled here a year ago by beating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the finale.
The struggling Wozniacki has now dropped three of her last five matches overall, as she headed to Dubai on a two-match losing streak.
Meanwhile, the steady world No. 6 Radwanska secured her berth in the final by holding off eighth-seeded former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 at this hardcourt event. The Serbian Jankovic was the Dubai runner-up back in 2005.
The Polish Radwanska improved to 2-1 lifetime against Jankovic.
The 22-year-old Radwanska will appear in her 10th career WTA final, seeking an eighth championship. This marks her first title match of 2012, after going a perfect 3-0 in a trio of finals last season.
Goerges will appear in her fourth career final, seeking a third title. Her last championship came in Stuttgart in her native Germany last season.
Radwanska pasted Goerges 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round at the Australian Open last month in their lone career meeting.
The 2012 Dubai champ will earn $446,778.