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Pavlyuchenkova, Rybarikova earns spots in DC final

10:20 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Magdalena Rybarikova will square off in the Citi Open final after both earned semifinal victories Friday at the $220,000 tennis event.

Pavlyuchenkova, the tournament's top seed, rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over American Vania King on the hardcourts at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center to reach her first final of the year. It is the first final of the year for the 21-year-old Russian, who searching for her fourth career WTA singles title.

Rybarikova, of Slovakia, was the only unseeded player in to reach the semifinals. The 23-year-old, who is seeking her third career WTA singles title, upset third-seeded American Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 6-3, to advance.

The 2012 D.C. champion will collect $37,000.

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