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Polona Hercog reaches Palermo final

Updated: July 16, 2011, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

PALERMO, Italy -- Polona Hercog of Slovenia reached her second straight WTA final by defeating top-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 at the Palermo Open on Saturday.

The seventh-seeded Hercog will play four-time Palermo champion Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain on Sunday. It's the first Palermo final since 2007 without an Italian player.

Hercog eased to a 5-0 lead before Pennetta, who won here in 2009 and was runner-up last year, found some rhythm against her hard-hitting opponent.

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