Pogonina UNSTOPPABLE!

Come-back Queen does it again!

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30-year old Natalia Pogonina is going to play in the finals of the Sochi World Women’s Championship!

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(Photo by Karlovich)

Coming from behind to win yesterday’s game against Pia Cramling, the Russian superstar forced a decisive tie-break today, which she won despite stiff and heroic play by her Swedish opponent.

It is still not known who will be Natalia’s adversary in the finals, as the tie-break between the Harika and Mariya Muzychuk has not yet finished.  Today’s victory over Cramling is the third straight match that has seen Pogonina come from behind, force a tie-break and then decisively outplay her opponent.  The fans LOVE it!

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UPDATE

It has been an exciting day in Sochi!  Harika missed several winning chances that would have catapulted her into the finals, but nerves were difficult to control.  

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(Photo by Karlovich)

As a result, Mariya Muzychuk qualifies and we will now see a final between a Russian and a Ukrainian.  Good luck to both players (who I understand are friends)!  I favour the chances of the Russian, but the Ukrainian is higher rated!

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There is an excellent report on today’s action written by Peter Doggers HERE.

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