Robson defeats Cirstea, plays Hsieh for Guangzhou trophy

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Laura Robson is on a doorstep of her first WTA title after defeating Sorana Cirstea in 2012 Guangzhou semis. She will be matched up against Su-Wei Hsieh in final.

On-form British prodigy Robson, who took Clijsters and Li Na scalps at US Open a few weeks ago, needed two sets two battle through to Guangzhou final. She started her semis match a bit shaky as she had to defend three break points to avoid wasting a service game in the opening game. The 18-year-old then got herself together, grabbed two breaks and left her third seed adversary Cirstea far behind at 5-1. However, instead of serving out the set the British teenager allowed Cirstea to make up for a double break deficit. Apparently, the Romanian player was more confused with her sudden comeback than Robson as she wasted another service game and found herself 0-1 behind.

The sequel was hardly any different with break balls flying around throughout the set. Again, Robson seized an early break and added another one after a twenty-seven rallies long sixth game. A 5-1 lead meant that Robson was only a whisker away from reaching her first WTA final. Still, this was a match where nothing was certain. 74th-ranked British player did not confirm the second break, but she attacked once again on Cirstea’s serve and broke her to love in the last game of the match. End result: 6-4, 6-2 for the Olympic mixed doubles runner-up.

Unseeded Hsieh of Chinese Taipei dismissed fourth-seeded Ursula Radwanszka. 53rd-ranked Hsieh was under pressure in the opening game as she needed to defend to break balls, but she marched through the first set from then on. She won three consecutive service games without dropping a point and stole an opener after twenty-one minutes of play.

The set two watied until 2-2 when Hsieh broke the deadlock by taking Radwanska’s serve. At this point the Pole was facing an uphill battle, yet she combated well and succeeded to turn around the set. The decider was all about Hsieh again. In the end, Radwanszka was issued a bagel, and Hsieh got her ticket for Guanzhou final. End score: 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

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