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Top seed Peng Shuai enters semis of women's singles
Updated: 2005-10-17 15:08

Peng Shuai, the highest-ranked Chinese female tennis player on WTA rankings, cruised into the semifinals of women's singles of the 10th National Games after posting a 6-1, 6-2 win over Yan Zi here Monday.

The 7th-seeded Yan Zi of Sichuan had too many unforced errors in the match. She repeatedly hit the ball back down to the net and missed several good chances of winning.

Yan, champion of the Guangzhou International Women's Open, a 170,000 US-dollar WTA Tier III tournament, held only one service in each of the two sets while her rival lost only one service game in the whole match.

Peng met little resistance in the first set. After losing the third game due to several errors, she quickly regained control of the match, winning five straight games before closing the first set 6-1.

Peng continued her superb form in the second set, wrapping up the match 6-2.

"I didn't play very well today. Her attack is really powerful. I feel difficult in dealing with it," said Yan Zi, 102nd on WTA's ranking.

In the match between the second-seeded Sun Tiantian of Henan and the eighth-seeded Li Ting of Hubei, Sun trounced Li 6-0 in the first set and ended the second set 6-1.

The two girls became famous overnight in China after they teamed up to win gold medal of women's doubles at the Athens Olympics.

In other matches Monday, third-seeded Zheng Jie of Sichuan won over Xie Yanze of Tianjin 6-1, 6-1 and 4th seed Li Na beat Tianjin's Liu Nannan, runner-up of the 9th National Games, 7-5, 6- 2.

The semifinals will feature Peng against Li Na, Zheng Jie vs Sun Tiantian on Wednesday.

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