Second-seeded Elina Svitolina and No. 5 seed Elena Rybakina notched victories on Friday in the Internationaux de Strasbourg semifinals and will face off in Saturday's singles final.
Svitolina of Ukraine needed three sets to dispatch No. 4 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who had rallied to win earlier in the day in the completion of her quarterfinal match. Svitolina then outlasted Sabalenka 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in 1 hour, 54 minutes to advance to her second singles final of the season.
Rybakina, of Kazakhstan, made quick work of unseeded Nao Hibino, 6-3, 6-4. The match lasted just 76 minutes. It will by Rybakina's fifth singles final of the season.
Sabalenka trailed by a set and a game in her quarterfinals match against Katerina Siniakova which was rained out from Thursday. She rallied to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-3. Sabalenka fired 39 winners in her semis match against Svitolina but matched it with 39 unforced errors.
Svitolina and Rybakina will play each other for the first time on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to the final," Svitolina said. "Every final is special, and you try to give everything that you have to have that trophy."
--Field Level Media