Serap Özçelik made a promising start to her pursuit of victory at her home Karate 1-Series A event as she reached the final of the women's under-50 kilograms kumite division in Istanbul.
The Turkish star edged Ayaka Tadano of Japan by decision in the semi-finals after their clash had finished level at WOW Hotel Congress Centre.
Özçelik, world champion at under-50kg in 2014, will take on Shiau-Shuang Gu of Chinese Taipei for gold on Sunday (May 19).
Shiau, bronze medallist at the Asian Championships, booked her place in the final with a surprise victory over Bettina Plank of Austria.
There was further success for the host nation in the men's kata event as Emre Vefa Goktas progressed to the gold medal bout.
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Goktas will go up against Japan's Kakeru Nishiyama for the title after both athletes topped their respective pools.
In the women's under-55kg category, Tzu-Yun Wen of Chinese Taipei showed why she is ranked second in the world with another composed performance.
Tzu won her semi-final by overcoming Cok Istri Agung Sanistyarani of Indonesia 1-0.
She will take on Travat Khaksar of Iran, winner of the opening Karate 1-Series A event of the season in Salzburg in March, in the final.