Flavia Pennetta topples Li Na to reach Indian Wells final

Flavia Pennetta beat Li Na 7-6, 6-3 to set up final against Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated sixth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4.

updated: March 15, 2014 14:37 IST
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Indian Wells: Flavia Pennetta stunned Li Na in straight sets on Friday, avenging a loss to the Australian Open champion in Melbourne and booking an Indian Wells title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska. In a match that featured entertaining rallies but also 11 breaks of serve -- eight straight in the opening set -- 32-year-old Pennetta prevailed 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach the biggest final of her career. "I think we play really good tennis tonight," Pennetta said. "We fight a lot."

It was a contrast to their clash in the Australian Open quarter-finals, where Li crushed Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 en route to her second Grand Slam title. "In Australia I didn't have any chance against her," Pennetta said. "Tonight I played much better.

"I mean, I'm surprised also because in the beginning of the week if you ask me, 'What do you think? You going to make a final here?' I would say, 'Mmmm, I don't think so.'"

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