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Shuai, Safarova to play for N.Y. title

Aug. 23, 2008 at 2:04 AM

FOREST HILLS, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Shuai Peng and Lucie Safarova, both unseeded in the Forest Hills Tennis Classic, reached the finals of the New York event Friday with straight-set wins.

Shuai, of China, routed fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-2. Safarova, of the Czech Republic, coasted to a 6-2, 6-4 decision over countrywoman Iveta Benesova.

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The championship match will be played Saturday at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

Shuai, 22, will be appearing in just her second WTA final. The 21-year-old Safarova will be in her sixth final. She has three WTA victories.

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