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Doi First Into Final Four In Taipei

Misaki Doi recorded an easy win in the second round of the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open, then reached the semis by virtue of a walkover.

Published November 01, 2012 03:22

Doi First Into Final Four In Taipei
Misaki Doi

TAIPEI, Chinese Taipei - Misaki Doi's recent hot streak continued with a routine victory over Hsu Wen-Hsin in the second round of the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open WTA $125 on Thursday.

The seventh-seeded Doi never faced a break point in her 62 63 defeat of Hsu, the third time in three encounters she has come out on top in straight sets.

"Today I played really well, especially my service game," Doi said. "I was able to hit the ball right where I was aiming."

Doi, whose semifinal showing in Osaka last month was her best career outing, is into another final four in Taipei by virtue of quarterfinal opponent and fellow Japanese Ayumi Morita's withdrawal because of a right knee injury.

Zarina Diyas followed up her upset of No.1 seed Peng Shuai by routing Varatchaya Wongteanchai, 61 60, in 57 minutes. For the second straight day, the 17-year-old Kazakh did not face a break point.

Setting up a quarterfinal clash were second-seeded Olga Govortsova and fifth-seeded Chang Kai-Chen. Govortsova beat Irina Khromacheva, 64 62. Chang, who is coming off her first WTA final in Osaka, endured the day's biggest test but was a 76(5) 63 winner over Caroline Garcia.

Several Taiwanese players thrilled local fans by making the doubles semis. Kao Shao-Yuan and Lee Hua-Chen, Chan Hao-Ching and France's Kristina Mladenovic and Chan Chin-Wei and Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm all won.

In a clash featuring players 23 years apart, Mladenovic will take on Date-Krumm in singles quarterfinal action on Friday.

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