Two players captured solid straight-set victories to punch their ticket into Abu Dhabi's final round. Aryna Sabalenka upped her winning streak to 14 straight matches, but Veronika Kudermetova is prepared to give the Belarusian a challenge.
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The Russian has been steadily building and working on her game over the past couple of years and it's paying off. The world No. 46 defeated Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (8), 6-4, a teenager who was also having an outstanding week in the desert. The 23-year-old is through to her first WTA final, where she will attempt to end Sabalenka's win streak.