Kvitova beats Li Na to set up China Open semis encounter against Jankovic

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9th seed Petra Kvitova (Player Profile)’s great run at the China Open continued on Friday when she got the better of the home favourite, 4th seed Na Li (Player Profile), to move into the semi finals. After a bye in the first round, Kvitova played two three setters in her route to the quarters, including against 5th seed Sara Errani in the third round. Li lost just five games in her first two matches before winning a close 7-5 6-4 match against Sabine Lisicki in the third round. In Kvitova’s match against Li on Friday in the quarters, she had to battle for over two and a half hours in another three setter to make it to the semis. The tall Czech was as erratic as ever in this match, dropping the first set 4-6. In the second set she had a run of four games from 2-2, to take it at 6-2 and force a decider. She continued her run with another game, but Li then took three in a row of her own. Kvitova then changed gears once again and took the next four games before closing out the set at 6-4.

There was yet another long match between Jelena Jankovic (Player Profile) and Lucie Safarova (Player Profile). The Czech has had a great run of late and came to the quarters by way of straight sets wins in her first two matches – in the first round she took out Sam Stosur – then had a massive battle with Andrea Petkovic in the third round to win 6-4 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2). Jankovic played two three setters before steamrolling Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-0 in the third round. In the quarters, Safarova saved a set point at 4-5 on her serve to force a breaker, which she won 7-3 to close the set in three minutes short of an hour. In the second set Safarova began making too many errors, while Jankovic tightened up her game and she went on to take the set 6-4. Safarova went up 4-3 in the decider, but Jankovic held steady and took the final point of the match with a fine ace.

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