Resurgent Wozniacki to face Mladenovic in Hong Kong final


A new Hong Kong Open champion will be crowned this weekend after Caroline Wozniacki and Kristina Mladenovic came through their semi-finals on Saturday.

Wozniacki is on the brink of a second title in the space of a month after the resurgent fifth seed beat defending champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-4.

The Dane got into her stride after an uncertain start, breaking Jankovic's serve five times to come out on top in the battle between two former world number ones and she has still not dropped a set this week.

Jankovic was twice a break up in the second set before Wozniacki took command to move one victory away from adding to her solitary tournament victory of the year at the Pan Pacific Open last month.

Mladenovic will attempt to claim her first WTA singles tournament success on Sunday after she bundled out eighth seed Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-3.

Gavrilova claimed the scalp of world number one Angelique Kerber on Friday, but the Australian was brought back down to earth by the unseeded Mladenovic.

Mladenovic will play in her first final since June after exceeding expectations to set up a showdown with Wozniacki, who has won both of her only two encounters with the Frenchwoman.