Wozniacki, Zvonareva reach semis

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BEIJING -- Top seeds Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Vera Zvonareva of Russia were among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the China Open.

The top-seeded Wozniacki, set to become the world's top-ranked player next week, polished off former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, while the second-seeded Zvonareva cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 romp over French Open champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Wozniacki's third-round win on Thursday secured her place as the 20th woman to reach the No. 1 ranking. She's done it without winning a Grand Slam title, as a loss to Kim Clijsters in the 2009 U.S. Open final was her best result in a major.

This will be the ninth semifinal of 2010 for Wozniacki, who has won five of her 11 career WTA titles this year. She's been on quite a roll recently with just two losses in seven events since a fourth-round finish at Wimbledon.

The 20-year-old Wozniacki won in her native Denmark to start August, then followed with a third-round loss in Cincinnati before winning both U.S. Open tuneup tournaments in Montreal and New Haven. A semifinal loss at Flushing Meadows to Zvonareva was followed up by a title last week in Tokyo.

Next up for Wozniacki will be 15th-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer, who advanced with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. Peer will play in her fourth semifinal of 2010 and first since losing to Justine Henin in Stuttgart back in the spring. She reached her lone final of the year at the Australian Open tuneup in Hobart and lost to Alona Bondarenko.

Zvonareva is having one of her best seasons with her first two appearances in Grand Slam finals. She lost both, though, to Serena Williams at Wimbledon and to Clijsters at the U.S. Open. Her lone title this year came back in February at Pattaya City and she also lost in finals at Charleston in April and to Wozniacki in Montreal prior to the U.S. Open.

The 26-year-old Muscovite avenged that loss to Wozniacki in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows and could again face the Dane in the final on Sunday, but only if she can topple crowd favorite Li Na in the semis.

Seeded ninth in her home country, Li has not dropped a set this week and on Friday posted a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 victory over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. Li had lost just nine games in her first three matches before Sevastova put a scare into her on Friday.

Li was a semifinalist at the Australian Open early this year and notched her third career title with a victory at the Wimbledon tuneup in Birmingham before advancing to the quarterfinals at the All England Club. She lost in the first round at the U.S. Open and is playing for the first time since that setback to Kateryna Bondarenko.

The 2010 China Open champion will claim $775,500.


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