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Tennis: King conquers Errani in Shenzhen Open; Li through to quarters

American Vania King, who won the Wimbledon and US Open doubles crowns in 2010, beat World No. 7 Sara Errani to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open. Photos: Shenzhen Open.

American Vania King, who won the Wimbledon and US Open doubles crowns in 2010, beat World No. 7 Sara Errani to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open. Photos: Shenzhen Open.

January 1, 2014: Vania King pulled off the first top 10 upset of the 2014 season on Wednesday, battling back from match points down to edge World No. 7 Sara Errani 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 in the second round of the US$500,000 Shenzhen Open in China.

 

After losing the first set, King got into some real trouble in the second set tie-break, staring down match point twice as Errani led 6-5 and 7-6 in the breaker at Longgang Sports Center.

 

However, the 24-year-old American never stopped fighting, clinching the tiebreak and edging the second-seeded Italian in a two-hour, 41-minute grinder.

 

It was a different kind of day for World No. 3 Li Na, who beat Nadiya Kichenok 6-1, 6-4. The defending champion was leading 6-1, 4-2 when Kichenok snuck out two games in a row to tie it up at 4-4 in the second set, but the top-seeded Chinese raced through a pair of love games to close it out.

 

“This is my first tournament since I changed to the new service motion, so it’s still not very stable,” Li said. “I hope with some more matches here it will become more stable going forward into the year.”

 

Defending champion Li Na beat Nadiya Kichenok 6-1 6-4 to reach the last eight.

Defending champion Li Na beat Nadiya Kichenok 6-1 6-4 to reach the last eight.

Awaiting Li in the quarterfinals is Monica Niculescu, a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 winner over Chan Yung-jan of Chinese Taipei. Niculescu actually beat Li in their only previous meeting, in front of Li’s home crowd.

 

“Monica plays quite differently than most of the girls,” Li said of the Romanian. “My last opponent and today’s opponent were more baseliners, but Monica sometimes plays slice and sometimes plays flat, so I need to keep focused on the court and play exactly according to my plan. I’m looking forward to it.”

 

There were a few more upsets, with Patricia Mayr-Achleitner winning 7-6(2), 6-4 against third seed Klara Zakopalova, last year’s runner-up, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova knocking out China’s seventh seed Zheng Jie 6-0, 7-6(6) after a tight finish.

 

Eighth seed Annika Beck and Jana Cepelova rounded out the second-round winners. China’s fifth seed Peng Shuai, who won her second round on Tuesday, will also be in Thursday’s quarters.

 

Shenzhen Open (
January 1, 2014), Longgang Sports Center, Shenzhen, China

 

Singles – Second Round

(1) Li Na (CHN) d. Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) 61 64

Vania King (USA) d. (2) Sara Errani (ITA) 26 76(7) 63 (saved 2mp)

Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d. (3) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 76(2) 64

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (7) Zheng Jie (CHN) 60 76(6)

(8) Annika Beck (GER) d. (Q) Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 63 57 63

Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 26 63 60

Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (Q) Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 64 61

 

Doubles – Quarterfinals


Niculescu/Zakopalova (ROU/CZE) d. (1) Zhang/Zheng (CHN/CHN) 63 64

Kichenok/Kichenok (UKR/UKR) d. (2) Babos/Martic (HUN/CRO) w/o (Babos: GI illness)

Konta/Mayr-Achleitner (GBR/AUT) d. (4) Chan/Husarova (TPE/SVK) 63 62

 

Source: WTA

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