Li Na cruises into the final of the Shenzhen Open in China

Last Updated: 04/01/13 1:58pm

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Li Na: Easy semi-final win at Shenzhen Open

Li Na: Easy semi-final win at Shenzhen Open

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Top seed Li Na cruised into the final of the Shenzhen Open in China with a straight sets victory over Peng Shuai.

Li won 6-4 6-0 against her compatriot to book a place in the final against Czech Klara Zakopalova.

The Czech knocked out Laura Robson's conqueror Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-1 6-3.

Zakapalova took just one hour and six minutes reach the final of the inaugural event.

The Shenzhen Open - carrying total prize money of $500,000 - is being played for the first time as tennis expands in China on the back of Li's huge popularity.

Li's last singles title was at the 2012 Western and Southern Open in the United States in August - her first since she became a sporting icon in her own country by winning the 2011 French Open.

If she beats Zakopalova on Saturday it will be her seventh WTA title.

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