Posted January 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
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German qualifier Mona Barthel advanced to the final of the Hobart International with a 6-0, 7-6 (6) win Friday over fourth-seeded compatriot Angelique Kerber. The 21-year-old Barthel, who is at a career-high ranking of 64, has already beaten second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues and fifth-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia on the way to her first WTA final. She will meet the winner of Friday night's second semifinal between top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer and sixth-seeded Shahar Peer. Kerber served for the second set at 5-4 but could not convert two set points and Barthel won the crucial game, chasing down a drop shot and hitting a return passing shot for a winner. Barthel came back from 3-0 down in the tiebreaker.
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