WTA Shenzhen Open: Li Na and Peng Shuai to contest the final in China

Last Updated: 03/01/14 12:06pm

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Li Na was rarely troubled as she saw off Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-3

Li Na was rarely troubled as she saw off Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-3

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China's top two players, Li Na and Peng Shuai, will contest the final of the Shenzen Open after routine progressions through their semi-finals on Friday.

Top seed Li was rarely troubled as she saw off Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-3, while fifth-seeded Peng's progression was even more straightforward after her semi-final opponent Vania King withdrew with a right thigh injury.

"The injury first started when I played Sara Errani [in the second round]," King explained on wtatennis.com.

"I felt some pain in my right leg. I was hoping it would feel better yesterday but it actually started feeling worse.

Difficult decision

"It was a really difficult decision for me to pull out because I hate losing and not competing."

Li will be the favourite heading into what is only the second all-Chinese final in WTA history, with the 31-year-old enjoying a 5-1 career record against Peng.

"Today was the best match of the week for me so far," Li said after her convincing win.

"It'll be a tough match tomorrow (Saturday). We're quite familiar with each other and have improved a lot over the last year."

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