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Top-seeded Zhang Shuai reaches the semi-finals of Japan Women’s Open

Zhang sets up a semi-final clash with American qualifier Amanda Anisimova

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 September, 2018, 10:09am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 September, 2018, 10:09am

Top-seeded Zhang Shuai beat Zariya Dinas 6-4, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the semi-finals of the Japan Women’s Open.

Zhang relied on a dominant first serve to set up a semi-final clash with American qualifier Amanda Anisimova, who beat Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-1.

Fourth-seeded Wang Qiang beat Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 and will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Hsieh Su-Wei.

After losing the opening two games, Wang powered through to take the next eight in succession.

Linette lost the opening couple of games of the second set and Wang was able to comfortably close out the match after a brief rain delay that stopped her charge at 4-2 up.