Qualifier King meets wildcard Zhang in the Guangzhou Open final


After one tight and one lopsided semifinal on Friday at the Guangzhou Open, qualifier Vania King and wildcard Zhang Shuai will fight for the International-level title on Saturday.

The 124th-ranked King beat world No.58 Zheng Jie 3-6 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 33 minutes. After overcoming a set and a break deficit, King again recovered from 1-3 in the third set, won five straight games and closed the match. The second semifinal wasn’t even close so dramatic. Zhang, ranked 112th, ousted world No.64 Yvonne Meusburger in breadsticks 6-1 6-1 in just one hour and seven minutes. They had three encounters before and now their head-to-head record is 3-1 for Meusburger.

King and Zheng met once before, at the Tokyo tournament in 2011. The American won in straight sets 6-1 6-0. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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