(Reuters) - Croatian Ana Konjuh overpowered German Julia Goerges 6-3 4-6 6-3 at the Auckland Classic on Friday to reach her second career WTA final.
The eighth seed will meet American Lauren Davis in the final after seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko retired trailing 4-1 in the third set due to illness.
The unseeded Goerges stunned former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals but Konjuh ensured there was not another shock at the tournament in which top seed Serena Williams was upset by fellow American Madison Brengle.
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Ostapenko took the first set against Davis 6-4 before the American leveled the match and the Latvian was unable to continue after falling behind in the decider.
"I woke up with a fever, with coughing and everything. I feel much worse today than yesterday," Ostapenko said.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Ed Osmond)