Rybarikova advances to WTA New Haven final
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia returns a shot to Camila Giorgi of Italy during the Connecticut Open on August 22, 2014 in New Haven, Connecticut - by Elsa
Rybarikova, ranked 30 spots below her rival at 68th, denied Giorgi on all 11 of her break-point chances to win in 83 minutes at the Yale University hardcourts.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia will meet later in the other semi-final.
Czech second seed Kvitova was the 2012 New Haven winner and lost last year's final to Simona Halep, who was the top seed this week but ousted by Rybarikova on Tuesday.
Rybarikova, 25, seeks her fifth WTA title in her sixth career final and her first title match of the year. She captured the 2012 and 2013 Washington titles, the 2011 Memphis crown and her first WTA trophy on Birmingham grass in 2009.