Spanish qualifier Garbiñe Muguruza continued her strong play at the Hobart International, an Australian Open tune-up event, trouncing countrywoman Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-1 Friday to advance to her first WTA Tour final.

Playing in only her second tournament since sustaining a season-ending ankle injury last summer, the 20-year-old Muguruza has lost just 18 games in seven qualifying and main draw matches in Hobart, capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania.

In Thursday's semifinals, she defeated Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, a 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist, 6-4, 6-3.

The 58th-ranked Spaniard will next take on seventh-seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova, a 6-3, 6-2 upset winner over top seed and home-crowd favorite Samantha Stosur, for the title.

The Hobart International is a warm-up event for the Australian Open, which gets underway next week. EFE