Li, Peng set up all-Chinese final at Shenzhen

Last updated 02:23 04/01/2014

Relevant offers

Tennis

Mike Tyson helps himself to ice cream during US Open tennis, stunning staff ​Johanna Konta collapses, still wins at US Open Caroline Wozniacki upsets Svetlana Kuznetsova at US Open Novak Djokovic moves on at US Open after injured Jiri Vesely withdraws Ana Ivanovic a first-round loser at US Open - again Potty-mouthed Bernard Tomic gives fan a spray at US Open Novak Djokovic's painful US Open win over Jerzy Janowicz Aussie tennis player Nick Kyrgois says US Open win would trigger retirement Energised Rafael Nadal completes straight-sets win in opener Tennis player Gael Monfils avoids falling clock at US Open

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