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Zheng reaches Topshelf Open final

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‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Zheng Jie of China reached her first WTA final in 2 1/2 years when she beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-3 in the Topshelf Open on Friday.

Zheng won in her last final appearance in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2012, for her fourth career title.

She broke Rybarikova six times, and awaited either eighth-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, or qualifier Coco Vandeweghe of the United States.

In men’s quarterfinals suspended overnight because of rain, third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain ended the title defense of seventh-seeded Nicola Mahut of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

In the semifinals late Friday, Bautista Agut will meet eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who outlasted second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Their match was suspended at one set all, and Melzer prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (9) after more than three hours for only the third time in nine matches with Verdasco.

It was also Melzer’s best result since he returned to the tour in mid-April from a seven-month layoff for a shoulder injury.