Guangzhou Gallery: The Young Ones Rise Up
Three of the four semifinalists in Guangzhou were born in the '90s, including Urszula Radwanska.
Published September 21, 2012 12:00
No.5 seed Chanelle Scheepers. Last year here she became South Africa's first WTA champion since 2003.
No.4 seed Urszula Radwanska. Little sister has been stepping out of her sister's shadow in recent months.
No.3 seed Sorana Cirstea. The Romanian No.1 has halved her ranking this year, going from No.60 to No.30.
No.2 seed Zheng Jie. The Chinese No.2 has more than halved her ranking this year, from No.48 to No.22.
No.1 seed Marion Bartoli. Bartoli was the Top 10 attraction in Guangzhou this year, but it wasn't to be...
Marion Bartoli had to retire mid-first set in her first round match due to a gastrointestinal illness.
Olga Govortsova also succumbed to the illness, retiring against No.8 seed Alize Cornet in the second round.
A round after the No.1 seed's exit, No.2 seed Zheng Jie was taken out by British rising star Laura Robson.
No.7 seed Peng Shuai was also added to Laura Robson's victims - the Brit beat her in the quarterfinals.
Laura Robson reached her second WTA semifinal, having achieved the feat at Palermo in the summer as well.
Chanelle Scheepers made the quarterfinals in her title defense but Urszula Radwanska would be too tough.
Urszula Radwanska reached her third WTA semifinal of the year. Before this year she reached one total.