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Vesnina reaches final in Hobart

Updated: January 11, 2013, 6:14 AM ET
Associated Press

HOBART, Australia -- Unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina defeated American teenager Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Hobart International final against titleholder Mona Barthel on Friday.

Vesnina needed only 69 minutes to beat the 19-year-old Stephens and reach her seventh WTA final.

Barthel, of Germany, beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Vesnina controlled the match from the outset, breaking Stephens in the opening game and racing to 5-0 in less ...

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