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Tokyo Open: Zheng moves into semi-finals

Qinwen Zheng defeated Claire Liu 6-4, 7-5 on Friday and will play Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the No 4 seed, in the next round

Chinese Qinwen Zheng moved into the semi-finals of the Tokyo Open by winning against American Claire Liu 6-4, 7-5 at the Ariake Coliseum and Ariake Tennis Forest Park on Friday.

Zheng, ranked No 36, will face Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the No 4 seed, next.

Ahead of her victory, the 19-year-old Chinese defeated Japanese Misaki Doi (6-2, 6-4) and Spaniard Paula Badosa, the top seed (6-3, 6-2).

Liu, ranked No 84, won against No 7 seed Alison Riske-Amritraj (6-2, 6-3) and Belgian Elise Mertens (6-4, 6-1) in the previous rounds of the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament.

Tokyo WTA 500, other last eight results (Ariake Coliseum and Ariake Tennis Forest Park, hard, USD 757.900, most recent results first):

  • Liudmila Samsonova beat Garbine Muguruza (3): 6-4, 6-2
  • Veronika Kudermetova beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (5): 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-1
  • Shuai Zhang beat Petra Martic: 7-5, 6-2
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