Peng Keeps Winning, Caroline & JJ To Clash

Peng Shuai won her WTA-leading 25th match of the season at the Family Circle Cup on Friday.

Published April 08, 2011 12:00

Peng Keeps Winning, Caroline & JJ To Clash
Peng Shuai

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic set up a blockbuster semifinal clash at the Family Circle Cup on Friday, though they had far different experiences in their respective quarterfinal matches.

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Wozniacki, seeded No.1 and seeking her first title in Charleston, had a big battle on her hands, rallying from 1-3 in the second set and 2-4 in the third set to beat No.6 seed Yanina Wickmayer in the afternoon heat, 46 64 64.

"Yanina played very well today. She was cracking winners from left and right," Wozniacki said. "I knew I had to change something. If you're down, you need to. I decided to go for my shots and stay aggressive, and if I lost that way, okay, it's just too good from her today. I knew I would get one chance and that I had to take that one. I did and it turned out in my favor, so I'm very happy."

Wickmayer was looking for her first Top 5 win. "She's No.1, so she has to have something why she wins all her matches," the Belgian said. "I guess it's because on the important points she's a little bit better than any other player."

Awaiting Wozniacki in the semifinals will be Jankovic, who rolled past young American Christina McHale later in the day in a much simpler match, 62 60. Jankovic was the champion here in 2007 and is seeded No.3 this year.

"The score looked pretty easy today, but the match was a lot tougher," Jankovic said. "My opponent played really well. She has a great serve and a pretty big forehand. Maybe I was better on the important points, especially at the start of the match. I took two long games and from then on I had the momentum. But she plays very well and she's going to be a very good player in the future."

Jankovic leads Wozniacki in their head-to-head series, 4-1.

"We've never played each other on clay," Jankovic added. "Obviously we know each other's games very well, but I want to play my tennis. I want to continue to do the things I do best and not really let her do what she likes to do best."

Also reaching the final four in the day was No.11 seed Peng Shuai, who dropped the first set against Sania Mirza but never fell behind again to beat the Indian qualifier, 26 62 62. It was Peng's 25th main draw match win on the WTA this year, more than anyone else (Wozniacki is in second place with 24).

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At night, Elena Vesnina built on her third round upset over No.2 seed and defending champion Sam Stosur with a 26 62 62 win over No.12 seed Julia Goerges. Vesnina's win over Stosur was her first Top 5 win and after losing the first set against Goerges she found her winning aggression again, taking control of the rallies away from the big-hitting German with some big hitting of her own, in particular some pinpoint down-the-lines off both her forehand and backhand.

Peng leads Vesnina in their head-to-head series, 4-1.

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