Zhang and Wang among Japan Women's Open semi-finalists

  • Zhang and Wang among Japan Women's Open semi-finalists

Zhang and Wang among Japan Women's Open semi-finalists

17-year-old Amanda Anisimova defeated No.1 seed Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 7-5 to reach the final of the Japan Women's Open.

"She's definitely a tough player, one of the toughest I've played", Anisimova told the WTA website. Born in New Jersey from Russian-born parents, in Indian Wells she upset both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Petra Kvitova en route to the fourth round. "As the match goes, then I just see where her weaknesses are and how to play against her". The Chinese player won the first set in just 33 minutes, despite losing her first two games.

She lacked the poise that allowed her to reach Sunday's final, double faulting five times and making 23 unforced errors.

Having beaten Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets in a quarter-final held over from Friday, Hsieh was a 6-4 6-4 victor over Wang Qiang. She lost the opening two games but take a firm control of the match to clinch her best result in seven appearances at the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open.