Peng, Bencic to face off in Tianjin semifinals

by: AP | October 10, 2014

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Peng Shuai defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in two hours, 45 minutes. (AP Photo)

TIANJIN, China—Hometown favorite Peng Shuai closed in on her first WTA Tour title with a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 win over Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic in the Tianjin Open quarterfinals on Friday.

The second-seeded Peng, who grew up in Tianjin, broke Tomljanovic five times and saved eight break points in the nearly three-hour match.

Peng next plays third-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

The other semifinal will pit Alison Riske against Zheng Saisai.

Riske beat fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (5), 6-3, while Zheng defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

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