MOSCOW (AP) _ Top-seeded Jana Novotna beat defending champion Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-1 today to advance to the Kremlin Cup final against unseeded Ai Sugiyama.

Sugiyama, Japan's top player and No. 30 in the world, eliminated Dominique Van Roost of Belgium 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. She upset Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the quarterfinals.

Sugiyama won her first professional tournament only six months ago.

Novotna, who had little trouble with the fourth-seeded Martinez, will be seeking her 18th career title Sunday on the indoor Olympic Stadium courts. The Czech is ranked second in the world behind Martina Hingis.