Polona Hercog and Pauline Parmentier into Istanbul Cup final

The unseeded duo of Polona Hercog and Pauline Parmentier will battle it out for the Istanbul Cup trophy.

World no 75 Hercog, who has two WTA Tour titles to her name, reached her first final since 2012 when she beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 29 minutes on Saturday.

“I wasn’t putting too much pressure on myself,” the Slovenian, who has battled shoulder, left knee and right wrist injuries in recent years, said. “The result is great – but most of all I’m really excited about the way I’m playing right now.

“This is the brilliant thing for me, because if this is the way I play, there are gonna be many more finals.”

Meanwhile, France’s Parmentier upset seventh seed Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes.

Parmentier is looking for her first WTA trophy in 10 years and first title on clay.