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Tennis Panorama :
(January 5, 2013) China’s Li Na won a battle with Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 on Saturday to capture the inaugural Shenzhen Open. The top seed and hometown favorite overcame her 10 double faults and a 2-5 deficit in the final set for her seventh title and second tournament win in her home country.
“Klara played well and I managed my mood swings well, and I’m glad I made it,” Li said. “Winning the title certainly helps boost my confidence for the coming weeks, but it also depends on how I’m playing on the courts. Confidence itself won’t guarantee a win. But I’m very happy to win and the Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open was a great tournament – I believe it will get even better in future years.”
“It was about a few points today but she really proved she’s a top player – she played her best from 5-all,” Zakopalova said after teh match. “She’s playing unbelievably fast and flat, and she’s hitting her backhand down the line very well. To me she’s one of the Top 3 players right now and I hope she can make it there.
“There’s no way to be sad about losing – I lost to a top player and I’m happy to reach the final.”
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Top-seeded Li Na of China and fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic will meet in the final of the Shenzhen Open after straight-set victories in the semifinals Friday.
Li, who is ranked seventh in the world and has won six WTA titles, beat Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-0, while the 28th-ranked Zakopalova defeated Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-1, 6-3.
Li had three aces...
(January 4, 2012) China’s Li Na, the top seed and fifth seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic moved into the final of the Shenzhen tournament on Friday.
In an all-Chinese semifinal No. 7 Li defeated Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-0. Zakopalova knocked out Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-1, 6-3.
The Shenzhen Open is being played for the first time this year.
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(January 3, 2013) Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Repuvlic moved into the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open on Thursday by knocking out second seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2.
Top seed Li Na won another straight set match, her third match of the tournament, defeating Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-3. She’ll play Peng Shuai who defeated Annika Beck of Germany 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to set up...