Li, Peng set up all-Chinese final at Shenzhen

Last updated 02:23 04/01/2014

Relevant offers

Tennis

Istanbul gets maiden ATP tournament in 2015 Novak Djokovic wins tense Wimbledon final Petra Kvitova wins second Wimbledon title Sentimental favourite Federer goes for one more Federer, Novak Djokovic into Wimbledon final Grigor Dimitrov squanders chances in semifinal Grand slam winner Sharapova: 'Sachin who?' Bouchard powers by Halep to Wimbledon final New kids on block ready for Wimbledon semis Petra Kvitova claims all-Czech semifinal

Defending champion Li Na and Peng Shuai advanced today to set up an all-Chinese final at the Shenzhen Open.

Top-seeded Li defeated Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-3, while fifth-seeded Peng advanced in a walkover when American Vania King withdrew with a right thigh injury.

"It'll be a tough match tomorrow," Li said. "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."

Li was leading 6-1 5-0 today when Beck came back to reel off three straight games, but the former French Open champion regrouped to close out the match.

King said she began feeling pain in her leg during her win over second-seeded Sara Errani in the second round and pulled out to rest before the Australian Open, which begins on January 13.

"It was a really difficult decision for me to pull out because I hate losing and not competing," King said. "But I just have to look out for my health."

The final will be just the second in WTA history featuring two Chinese players. Li lost the first when she retired against Zheng Jie at Oeiras in 2006.

Li has a 5-1 record against Peng, including a 4-0 mark at tournaments in China.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content