Bencic beats Sakkari in Berlin grass semi

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Switzerland's Belinda Bencic has reached the final of the Berlin WTA grass event for a second straight year after battling back to beat second seed Maria Sakkari 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-4.

Last year's Berlin runner-up got off to a shaky start as Greece's Sakkari raced into a two-game lead. She was then pegged back by Olympic champion Bencic, who however only converted two of her 11 break points in the opening set.

Sakkari duly prevailed in the tiebreak at a sun-baked Steffi Graf stadium.

But eighth seed Bencic boosted her build-up to Wimbledon, which begins on June 27, by seeing off two break points to hold at the start of the second set. It then went with serve until Bencic broke to seal it 6-4.

The third set was very similar with the 25-year-old Bencic coming out on top having saved four break points in the finale.

She will face the winner of the later semi-final between Coco Gauff and top seed Ons Jabeur in Sunday's final.

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