Likhovtseva, Mauresmo advance to final at Rogers Cup

August 7, 2004 07:28 PM

Elena Likhovtseva pumps her fist at her side after taking the first set from Anastasia Myskina in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup© Brian Bahr/Getty Images
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Elena Likhovtseva must be seeing things in threes. The unseeded Likhovtseva advanced to the Rogers Cup final Saturday night with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over fellow Russian and third-seeded Anastasia Myskina.

It marked the third time this week that the Likhovtseva won a third set. She won in three sets over Maria-Vento Kabchi and Nadia Petrova in the first two rounds.

Likhovtseva also posted her third win over a seeded player this week, previously bouncing out No. 11 Francesca Schiavone and No. 5 Jennifer Capriati at the $1.3 million hardcourt event.

In Sunday's final, Likhovtseva will face second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France, who made sure it would not be an all-Russia final with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory over No. 10 Vera Zvonareva in Saturday's first semifinal.

Mauresmo, who won this tournament in 2002, became the favorite here when top-seeded Serena Williams was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.