In the first career meeting between two promising talents with birthdays in 1997, it was Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva who powered into her first WTA final at the Ricoh Open on Saturday, ousting No.5 seed Ana Konjuh, 6-3, 7-5.
"I feel very lucky right now. I was not expecting this," Vikhlyantseva said. "Right now, I'm in the final. It's a very happy moment for me today, and I will enjoy tomorrow. I will try and forget the occasion and play a normal match.
"Everybody has their favourite surface - clay, hard...but grass is my surface - and with a result like this, I like it even more!"