Peer & Zheng To Vie For Suzhou Crown

Shahar Peer made her second straight final with a straight set triumph over top-seeded Timea Babos on Friday at the CAOXIJIU Suzhou Ladies Open.

Published August 09, 2013 12:01

Peer & Zheng To Vie For Suzhou Crown
Shahar Peer

SUZHOU, China - Shahar Peer and Zheng Saisai knocked off Suzhou's No.1 and No.2 seeds, respectively, on Friday to set up a clash in the final of the WTA 125K Series event.

The third-seeded Peer converted on seven of 10 break points in upending Timea Babos, 61 63. Having made her first WTA final in two years at her last outing in Baku last month, Peer is now 8-1 in her last nine matches.

"I played well, much better than in the other matches this week," Peer said. "Timea is a good player. In the end it was very close. I'm happy I won today and am into the second final in a row for me."

Peer commented on the first staging of the CAOXIJIU Suzhou Ladies Open.

"It's very tough conditions, very hot," Peer said. "Everybody's trying to make the tournament as good as possible. Usually it's tough for a first-year tournament to be well-organized, but this one is doing a very good job."

As for Zheng, a day after enduring a three-hour test she was challenged again in her semifinal versus Misaki Doi. The 19-year-old Chinese overcame a 5-2 first set deficit, including two set points at 5-4, in recording a 75 62 victory.

Not only was this Zheng's best win of the year in terms of ranking, but this is her best career outing beyond the ITF Women's Circuit level.

Whoever wins on Saturday will have good times ahead, if the history of WTA 125K Series tournaments is any indication. Kristina Mladenovic won the first one in Taipei last fall, and established her career-high ranking in June. Elina Svitolina won the second one in Pune last fall, and captured her maiden WTA title last month. And Lara Arruabarrena won the third one in Cali in February and reached her career-high ranking in May.

The doubles final will be an unseeded affair, with Babos and Michaella Krajicek taking on Han Xinyun and Eri Hozumi.

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