NANCHANG, China - Wildcard Wang Yafan kicked off quarterfinal day at the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang on Friday with a 7-6(7), 6-0 win over Hsieh Su-wei, leading a total of three Chinese players into the last four.
Wang, who came into the event ranked World No.147, will be joined in Saturday's semifinals by No.2 seed Peng Shuai, who defeated compatriot Zhu Lin, 7-6(2), 6-0, and Han Xinyun, who ended the run of Australian Arina Rodionova, 6-1, 7-5.
Japan's Nao Hibino prevented an all-Chinese final four with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Lu Jing-Jing, as she looks to win her second career WTA title.
Much like Wang, Peng, who won the inaugural event in Nanchang in 2014, was made to work in a tight opener set before rolling through to a straight sets win in the second.
The World No.32 trailed by a break for much of the opening set to a compatriot who is eight years her junior, but the former US Open semifinalist earned a love break - her first of the match - with Lin serving for the set at 5-3.
From there, the pair went with serve, and after saving a set point on her own delivery to force a tiebreak, Peng rolled through the tiebreak, winning seven of the last eight points.
Peng, the only seeded player in Nanchang to make it through to the quarterfinal stage, will next face Han for a spot in the final.
Peng defeated her younger compatriot en route to winning the title in 2014, 6-1, 6-3, which remains the only career meeting between the two Chinese women.
To close out Friday's play, World No.126 Han improved her career head-to-head against Rodionova to 4-0, as she overcame 11 double faults to reach her first WTA semifinal.
Han has previously reached two quarterfinals at WTA level, in Bogota in 2011 and in Guangzhou in 2010.
The 27-year-old lefty has never lost a set against the younger Rodionova sister in her career, and broke serve seven times in the match to end the recent momentum of the 27-year-old Australian - who earned her first-ever Grand Slam win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Wimbledon, and defeated defending champion Duan Ying-ying in the first round in Nanchang.
Saturday's first semifinal sees Hibino and Wang face off for the first time in four years, before Han faces Peng. Hibino will also pull double duty on Saturday, as she and compatriot Miyu Kato are the top seeds in the doubles draw, and will look to reach the final against No.4 seeds Rodionova and Alla Kudryavtseva.