Miami, USA. Mar 24 - Apr 05
BUL Flag Tsvetana Pironkova 40 7 7 3 0
ITA Flag Flavia Pennetta 30 6 1 6 1
Miami, USA. Mar 24 - Apr 05
GER Flag Sabine Lisicki 30 7 7 6 5 1
GER Flag Julia Goerges 40 6 1 7 7 1

All-Chinese Final Set In Shenzhen

China's Top 2 players, Li Na and Peng Shuai, moved through to the Shenzhen Open final on Friday. It's just the second all-Chinese final in WTA history - when was the first? Who was in it? Read on!

Published January 03, 2014 12:14

All-Chinese Final Set In Shenzhen
Peng Shuai

SHENZHEN, China - Fans at the Shenzhen Open will watch two of their homegrown heroines duke it out for the title on Saturday, after China's Top 2 players, Li Na and Peng Shuai, reached the final.

Watch live action from Brisbane, Shenzhen & Auckland on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!

The No.5-seeded Peng was the first to move through, though it certainly wasn't the way she wanted it - she received a semifinal walkover from Vania King, who had to pull out due to a right thigh injury.

"The injury first started when I played Sara Errani," King said. "I felt some pain in my right leg, which is why I called the injury timeout. I was hoping it would feel better yesterday but it actually started feeling worse. The match was pretty fast so I was able to finish it, but right now it's not doing so well.

"Originally I was going to play Sydney now, but because I did well here I couldn't make it there for the qualifying rounds. So I'll just go to Melbourne and rest up and I should be fine by Australian Open."

King's win over the No.7-ranked Errani in the second round was the biggest win of her career. It was her second overall Top 10 win - she had beaten a No.10-ranked Marion Bartoli at Seoul back in 2011.

"It was a really difficult decision for me to pull out because I hate losing and not competing. I love being out on the court and I'm playing really well right now. But I just have to look out for my health."

The No.1-seeded Li followed Peng into the final later on with a 61 63 win over No.8 seed Annika Beck. Things started getting trickier late in the match - Li was originally up 61 50 before dropping three straight games - but she regrouped just in time, breaking the pattern with a comprehensive hold at 15.

And so, the second all-Chinese final in WTA history is set - and it may come as no surprise that Li was also part of the first one. It came at the clay court event in Oeiras in 2006, where Li was forced to retire against Zheng Jie because of heat illness (read the 40 LOVE feature on that final right here).

Li leads Peng in their head-to-head series, 5-1, including 4-0 on Chinese soil.

"Yesterday's match was good preparation for me, and today was the best match of the week for me so far," Li said afterwards. "It'll be a tough match tomorrow. We're quite familiar with each other and have improved a lot over the last year. But no matter what, I'm quite looking forward to the final."

Share this page!

Related news

  • Bacsinszky Vs Garcia In Acapulco

    February 27, 2015
    Good friends Timea Bacsinszky and WTA Rising Star Caroline Garcia will square off for the first time in the final of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Saturday night.
  • Daniela Hantuchova, Queen Of Pattaya

    February 15, 2015
    Daniela Hantuchova battled past an inspired WTA Rising Star to capture the PTT Thailand Open - her third title in four attempts at the picturesque WTA stop.
  • Ubha: What We Learned Down Under

    February 02, 2015
    Ravi Ubha reviews the outcome of the Australian Open and its implications for the rest of the year.
To The Top
3