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Tig, Gasparyan reach 1st WTA final in Baku after upsetting 2 top-seeded players in semis

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BAKU, Azerbaijan — Patricia Maria Tig of Romania and Margarita Gasparyan of Russia both reached their first career WTA final Saturday after upsetting the two top-seeded players at the Baku Cup.

Tig ousted No. 1-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 to extend her surprising run at the tournament while Gasparyan beat No. 2 Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

The 154th-ranked Tig had never been past the second round of a WTA tournament before this week. Gasparyan had not won a WTA match this year before coming to Baku but had not dropped a set here before the semifinals.

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