Mauresmo reaches semis

Beijing:

Top ranked Amelie Mauresmo downed Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the China Open semi-finals. Mauresmo slammed three aces and won 74 per cent of her first serves to overpower fifth-seeded Davenport.

Mauresmo next meets sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who staged a third set resurgence to beat Russian No 3 Nadia Petrova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova was forced to three sets by hometown favorite Li Na, before booking her semifinals berth with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win. Kuznetsova will play wild card Peng Shuai in the semis after the Chinese ground out a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 win over Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.