Li In & Errani Out In Shenzhen

Li Na kept winning but Sara Errani was picked off by Vania King as the second round came to a close at the Shenzhen Open. Next up for Li is someone who won their only previous meeting - who is it?

Published January 01, 2014 12:13

Li In & Errani Out In Shenzhen
Vania King

SHENZHEN, China - Vania King pulled off the first Top 10 upset of the 2014 season on Wednesday, battling back from match points down to edge Sara Errani in the second round of the Shenzhen Open.

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After losing the first set, King got into some real trouble in the second set tie-break, staring down match point twice - Errani led 6-5 and 7-6 in the breaker - but King never stopped fighting, squeaking out that tie-break and edging the No.2-seeded Italian in a two-hour, 41-minute grinder, 26 76(7) 63.

It was a different kind of day for the No.1 seed, Li Na, who beat Nadiya Kichenok, 61 64. There was a little bit of a hitch - Li was originally leading 61 42 when Kichenok snuck out two games in a row to tie it up at 4-all in the second set - but the Chinese raced through a pair of love games to close it out.

"This is my first tournament since I changed to the new service motion, so it's still not very stable," Li said. "I hope with some more matches here it will become more stable going forward into the year."

Awaiting Li in the quarterfinals is Monica Niculescu, a 26 63 60 winner over Chan Yung-Jan. Niculescu actually beat Li in their only previous meeting, in front of the Chinese's own home crowd, no less.

"Monica plays quite differently than most of the girls," Li said of the Romanian. "My last opponent and today's opponent were more baseliners, but Monica sometimes plays slice and sometimes plays flat, so I need to keep focused on the court and play exactly according to my plan. I'm looking forward to it."

There were a few more upsets, with Patricia Mayr-Achleitner beating No.3 seed Klara Zakopalova, 76(2) 64, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova closing out No.7 seed Zheng Jie in a tight finish, 60 76(6).

No.8 seed Annika Beck and Jana Cepelova rounded out the second round winners on Day 4.

No.5 seed Peng Shuai, who won her second round on Tuesday, will also be in Thursday's quarters.

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