SPORTS China's Zhang reaches Nottingham Tennis Open final

SPORTS

China's Zhang reaches Nottingham Tennis Open final

Xinhua

10:58, June 13, 2021

Zhang Shuai of China reached the women's singles final at the Nottingham Tennis Open in Britain after beating American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday.

China's Zhang Shuai celebrates after winning her semi-final singles match against USA's Lauren Davis on day eight of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre. (Photo: CFP)

The world No. 46 broke three times to wrap up the game in one hour and 30 minutes, reaching her first final on grass in her career.

Zhang, 32, played on the grass court at Nottingham as the fourth seed and beat unseeded Australian Arena Rodionova, 16th seed Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan and the seventh-seeded French Kristina Mladenovic consecutively to enter Saturday's semifinal.

Zhang will face British No. 1 Johanna Konta on Sunday as the world number 20 fought hard to knock out Serbia's Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-5.

Zhang has been struggling since the start of this season, losing seven matches in a row in the singles events. She managed to win a match in Strasbourg while warming up for the French Open, but then suffered a first-round defeat at Roland Garros where she reached the last 16 in 2020.

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