Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei has a chance to claim her second WTA Tour victory of the year today when she takes on Briatin’s Laura Robson in the final of the Guangzhou Open.
Hsieh, whose only previous win on the WTA Tour came at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur in February against Petra Martic of Croatia, who retired with exhaustion after playing both her semi-final and final matches on the same day.
World No. 53 Hsieh overcame fourth seed Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 in her semi-final yesterday, setting up the showdown with Robson, who became the first British woman to reach a WTA Tour final in 22 days when she defeated third seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 6-2 in the second semi-final.
London-based Robson, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, but moved to England as a child, is ranked No. 74, but she has been steadily rising up the ranking and will be a tough test for the Taiwanese.
In the doubles, all of the remaining Taiwanese players were knocked out of the competition on Thursday.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the world No. 11, cruised into the semi-finals of the Korea Open yesterday when she dismantled seventh seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.
The Dane is set to face Russian eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova in the semi-finals today after the world No. 28 thrashed Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 6-1 in their quarter-final.
In the other side of the singles draw, third seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia defeated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-4 to set up a semi-final against sixth seed Varvara Lepchenko of the US, who fought back from a set down to battle past Tamira Paszek of Austria 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
The final takes place in Seoul tomorrow.