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
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