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Laura to take on Marianna in women's WTT Cup tennis final

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Pune, March 13 (IANS) Brazilian-born third-seed Spaniard Laura Piggosi will take on fifth seed Marianna Zakarlyuk of Ukraine in the singles final of the $25,000 ITF WTT Cup tennis championships on Sunday.

In the first semi-final match, third seed Laura defeated sixth seed Emili Webly-Smith of Great Britan 6-1, 6-1 in a one sided match that lasted just over an hour while Ukrainian Marianna Zakarlyuk came back from the first set loss to upset second seed Miriam Bianca Bulgaru of Romania (5)6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling high quality match lasting three hours and 13 minutes.

The singles winner will receive $3,935 (Rs. 2,86,000) and 50 WTA points while the runner-up will get $2,107 (Rs. 1,54,000) and 30 points.

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Results (Singles semi-finals):

Laura Pigossi (BRA) [3] bt Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) [6] 6-1, 6-1; Marianna Zakarlyuk (UKR) [5] bt Miriam Bianca Bulgaru (ROU) [2] (5)6-7, 6-4, 6-4

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