Sania Mirza-Peng Shuai lose to Martina Hingis-Chan Yung-jan in China Open semis
Sania Mirza and doubles partner Peng Shuai crashed out of the China Open tennis tournament on Saturday, losing to Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-jantennis Updated: Oct 07, 2017 13:33 IST
Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Peng Shuai bowed out of the China Open tennis tournament on Saturday, losing to Martina Hingis of Switzerland and her Taiwanese partner Chan Yung-jan in three sets.
Sania and China’s Shuai lost 6-2, 1-6, 5-10 to end their campaign in Beijing on Saturday.
On Friday, the third-seeded India-China duo of Sania and Peng defeated fifth seeded Czech pair of Barbara Strýcová and Katerina Siniaková 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the quarterfinals.
In the women’s singles draw, World No 2 Simona Halep reached the China Open semifinals for the first time in her career after beating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.
Halep, who lost to Kasatkina in the second round of last month’s Wuhan Open, was never at risk of suffering a second consecutive defeat by the 20-year-old, sending down 19 winners to wrap up the win in just over an hour.
“I think I played much better than Wuhan,” the Romanian said after the match. “I changed tactics and worked pretty well. I just played my game and my style, and I was very consistent and solid as well.”
The tournament in Beijing has already seen Halep register a first career victory over Russian Maria Sharapova, and the second seed now has an opportunity to level her head-to-head with Jelena Ostapenko, who beat her in this year’s French Open final.
The mercurial Latvian bested Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in an error-strewn quarter-final that saw both players struggling to hold serve.
Twice-Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought off fatigue to dominate Czech compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 and reach her third Beijing semi-final.