China’s Shuai Zhang and Qinwen Zheng have a chance to battle it out in the Torai Pan Pacific Open final. Earlier, both Zhang and Zheng won their quarter-final matches and advanced to the semi-finals on Friday.
Zhang beat Petra Martic 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes in their last-eight match. She won 79% of her first serve points to the Croatian’s 61% and converted five of her six break points on the back serve.
She saved four of the six break points she faced in comparison. After the win, Zhang talked about some of the challenges she faces in 2021. “Last year, a difficult half year. I have an injury because in 2020 I [went] Back to China [twice]isolation after a long time.
When I started playing I felt shoulder pain, arm pain, everywhere. So last year I didn’t win any games for the first half of the year. I didn’t play well. I took a lot of rest and treatment,” she shared. Zhang will play Lidmila Samsonova in the semifinals.
Samsonova ousted third seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes in the quarterfinals. Samsonova converted five of the seven breaks on the Spaniard’s serve and served twice.
She scored 72% of her first serve points and 59% of her second serve points. Muguruza won 52% of the first round and only 35% of the second round.
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Meanwhile, Zeng beat American Claire Liu 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and three minutes in their quarter-final encounter.
This is the first time the teenager has completed this distance in a WTA 500 tournament. Her next opponent will be Veronika Kudermetova. Fourth seed Kudermetova defeated fifth seed Beatriz Haddad Mian 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-1 in three hours and 14 minutes.
Shuai Zhang and Qinwen Zheng reached the second-to-last round of the Torai Pan Pacific Open, marking a milestone for their country. Li Na was previously the last player to reach the semi-finals in the Japanese capital, 13 years ago in 2009. Zhang and Zheng’s victories ended that drought.