TENNIS- Defending champion Elise Mertens defeated British qualifier Heather Watson 6-4 1-6 6-2 to reach the Hobart International final on Friday.
"She made the same run (from qualifying) as I did last year, but I'm happy to win today," Mertens said in an on-court interview.
"I tried to play a bit more aggressive in the third set and make her run a little bit more. She was dictating me in the second set, all credits to her. She played an amazing match."
The world number 36 will play Mihaela Buzarnescu in Saturday's final.