China’s Li Na Takes out Radwanska, plays Safarova in Montreal semis

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After days of rain delays which saw play eventually being cancelled for all Friday night’s matches, some players had to return to court to complete suspended matches and then play another match later in the day. Completed play on Saturday saw the four semi finalists of the 2012 Rogers Cup emerge. In the top half of the draw Petra Kvitova, the number six seed, will take on Caroline Wozniacki, the number seven seed; while in the bottom half, Lucie Safarova, seeded sixteen, will face off against Li Na, ranked number ten.

Li, the Chinese player, first saw off the rapidly improving Italian, Sara Errani, 6-4 6-2 to complete their suspended match from Friday. She then went on court and had a very easy time of her quarter final match against world number two, Radwanska, sending the Pole out of the tournament with a 6-1 6-2 score line in just seventy minutes. Earlier in the day, Radwanska had taken out the unseeded South African Chanelle Scheepers, 6-2 6-4, to finalise matters left overnight because of the rain.

The lowest ranked of the seeds to qualify for the semis is Lucie Safarova, who has been having some good wins against higher ranked players of late. The Czech leftie, who can sometimes be pretty erratic, played a steady game and used her great serve to good advantage, thus also recording a relatively easy score line, winning 6-2 6-2 against the unseeded Italian, Roberta Vinci.

In Sunday’s semis – and hopefully in the sunshine which helped the tournament organisers almost get back on track – Li will take on Safarova in the first afternoon match; and Kvitova will then play Wozniacki. The two finalists will take to court again to battle for the trophy in an evening match which will be followed by the doubles final between number three seeds, Katarina Srebotnik and Nadia Petrova against the unseeded pairing of Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Kristina Mladenovic.

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