Friday, January 4, 2013
Li Na, Klara Zakopalova to meet
SHENZHEN, China -- 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 against her 40th-ranked opponent, who made three double-faults while managing only one ace.
Zakopalova, ranked 28th, played a steady game to win against Niculescu.