Li Na beats Zakopalova to win Shenzhen 2013 title

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In a fitting final to the Shenzhen Gemdale Open – a new destination on the WTA tour – Li Na won the trophy when she beat Klara Zakopalova on Saturday in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, 6-3 1-6 7-5. Going into the final, both Zakapalova and Li had won all their prior matches in straight sets; and Zakapalova lead their head to head stats 2-1, so a great final was anticipated.

In characteristic fashion, Li came out fighting in the first set and won it relatively easily, but completely lost her concentration in the second, allowing the wily Czech player to use her wide variety of shots and quickness around the court to good advantage, taking the set on the trot 6-1. The third set was much closer, with both players getting to five all before Li managed to get the break and serve out the set at 7-5 for the win.

The doubles final saw the Taiwanese pairing of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chang, the tournament’s number one seeds, win over the unseeded Irina Buryachok of the Ukraine and Valeria Solovieva of Russia.

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