Top seed and world number 7 Na Li of China progressed to the semi finals in this tournament being held in southern China, at the expense of Bojana Jovanovski, the 8th seed and world number 56 from Serbia.
Li had two very easy straight sets rounds to begin her challenge for the title of this inaugural tournament being played in her home country. In the first round she took out Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-4 6-0 and in the second she handily beat the American, Julia Cohen, 6-3 6-4, before coming up against Jovanovski in the quarters.The Chinese player eventually came out on top, winning 6-3 6-3.
Although Li served five aces, she had ten double faults, whereas her opponent did not serve any aces, only had three double faults and had much better first serve stats, but Li took 71% of her break points to Jovanovski’s 28% – this difference taking her into the semis where she will meet 6th seed Shuai Peng, also of China, thus ensuring that a Chinese player will be in the final.
Peng, ranked at 40 and seeded 6th defeated the British qualifier Anne Keothavong 6-4 6-0 in the first round and followed that up with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Japan’s Ayumi Morita in the second round before meeting Germany’s Anika Beck in the quarters.
The German player’s route to the quarters was not that easy, as she had a real battle in the first round against the Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza, eventually taking the tie 6-2 6-7 6-4. In the second round she easily took out the tournament’s 4th seed, Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei who is ranked at 25, before taking on Peng. This was another tough match for the German, who eventually lost 2-6 7-5 6-2.