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Jiangxi Open Finals Preview

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Nanchang, Jiangxi, China – The Finals are set for the 2016 Jiangxi Open on August 6. The first semi-final was between Chinese-American Vania King and Risa Ozaki of Japan. The experienced King spent only 1h20m to advance to the final. The only Chinese semi-finalist Duan Ying-Ying didn’t let the spectators down. Although affected by her ankle and waist injury, the 6 Aces during the match secured her spot in the final. Especially for the tie-break in Set 2, Duan won the tie-break 9:7. The last team for doubles final was also confirmed, top seed Wang Yafan / Yang Zhaoxuan was upset by Liang Chen / Lu Jing-Jing.

Doubles Star Played Well in Singles

The 27-year old Vania King is at the peak period during her career. She was quite positive in doubles for a long time. In 2010 Wimbledon and US Open, she partnered with Yaroslava Shvedova to captured the women’s doubles title. King ranked No.50 back to 2006, her career-high in singles.

Facing the seventh-seeded Risa Ozaki, King demonstrated a very strong advantage. Even the Japanese girl’s pushing style made each game tough, the overall strength of King led the process of the match. In first set, King broke quickly and built up the advantage in game score. Ozaki was overturned during several deuces and advantages of her. King took the first set in only 34 minutes.

The second set is almost the same story and it didn’t improve at all for Ozaki and King started her performance with different stroke: volley at net, backhand drop shot, crosscourt shot and etc. The spectators cheered and applause for the American’s passion and gorgeous playing style. Under King’s attack, the counter-attacking Ozaki was on the run and her errors made it impossible to fight back. King advanced to the final with a straight win, 6:2, 6:2.

Duan Did Her Best with Injury

The second semi-final match lighted up the Nanchang International Sport Center. The total number of spectators are even more than Francesca Schiavone’s last match in Nanchang. The only remaining Chinese player, Duan Ying-Ying, was against with Misa Eguchi of Japan. The two unseeded players were there in semi-final, both of them have their own style, and it is a match to maximize the strengths whilst minimize the weaknesses.

In first set, both players saved their own game and the game score came to 4:4. In the ninth game, Duan gave her opponent triple break points, but her average 155km/h first serve rout Eguchi, and she caught up with 4 points in straight to save the game. With 3 Aces in first set, Duan’s first serve won is a record of the tournament. The tenth game was again Duan’s performance that she broke Eguchi’s game with her strong forehand stroke. With only 34 minutes, Duan took the first set by 6:4.

During the set break, Duan required a medical time-out. The doctor examined and nursed her waist on-court. The ankle’s reinjury and discomfort of waist seeded the moving of the second set. Ozaki came to Nanchang by herself, and the little known player had no coach to accompany with her. That didn’t represent she made it to semi by chance: with Duan’s discomfort of waist in second set, Eguchi’s crosscourt stroke won was great. Duan’s move was not as good as what she did during the first set, not very decisive when facing some opportunities, and she has more errors than before. Duan’s strong serve didn’t let the game score go too far and the game came to the tie-break. It was an extremely keen as the score came to 7:7 in tie-break. At the decisive moment, Duan’s serve showed its power again, and she won the second set and match with a 9:7 tie-break and made her debut in any WTA Singles final.

At the end of the match, Duan revealed some of the special details:” My waist was hurt when I get up before the match, so I will have to use the painkillers to help me relieve. After the first set, I took some painkillers again. The discomfort of my waist affected my backhand, and I didn’t push too hard with some balls. But luckily, I finally won the match.”

For tennis fans who were watching her match, Duan said:” It was grateful to have so many people that support me and I really appreciate it. Thank you for all your support. I am very happy to make the final in a WTA International Event, and I will try my best in the final,”

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