Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, the only seeded player left in the singles, beat Zheng Saisai of China 6-3, 6-1 yesterday to earn a semi-final spot at the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open.
It was the 1.82m-tall 24-year-old’s 300th career win. Wickmayer, who was ranked as high as 12th in the world in 2010, is searching for her first WTA title of the year, although she did reach the final in Auckland, New Zealand, in January.
The No. 2 seed will play world No. 114 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand, who defeated Croatia’s Petra Martic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Today’s other semi-final at the Taipei Arena will feature Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany and another Belgian, Alison Van Uytvanck.
Pfizenmaier, 21, defeated Poland’s Katarzyna Piter 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while world No. 129 Van Uytvanck beat Russia’s Ekaterina Bychkova 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 8 minutes.
The two remaining Taiwanese players in the doubles were both eliminated in yesterday’s quarter-finals. Caroline Garcia of France and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan beat Japan’s Misaki Doi and Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying 6-3, 3-6, 11-9, while No. 3 seeds Martic and Zheng defeated Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei and China’s Xu Yifan 6-4, 6-4.