Peng Advances to U.S. Open Semifinals

Unseeded Chinese player Shuai Peng beat Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the US Open on Tuesday.

updated: September 03, 2014 06:58 IST
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Shuai Peng Into Semis
Shuai Peng of China celebrates her 6-2, 6-1 win over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 2, 2014 in New York.


New York: When the U.S. Open began, Peng Shuai said she did not relish being the highest-ranked Chinese player in the tournament, preferring it when Li Na is around, absorbing most of the pressure and attention from the Chinese fans who have become quite a cheering section in Flushing Meadows in recent years.

But with the third-ranked Li missing the tournament with a knee injury, Peng has leapt into the spotlight and soared through the draw, ousting the Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals Tuesday, 6-2, 6-1.

At 28, Peng is enjoying a rather late coming-out party. The U.S. Open is her 37th Grand Slam tournament and she was playing in her first singles quarterfinal. Now, she will give her ranking (39th) and her newly devoted fans a boost by playing in her first semifinal, against the winner of Tuesday night's match between 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and 13th-seeded Sara Errani in the semifinals Friday.

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