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Wed Apr 23 19:33:06 SAST 2014

Rain holds up Zheng's Birmingham semi bid

Sapa-AFP | 16 June, 2012 09:200 Comments
AEGON Classic - Day Five
Jie Zheng of China hits a return during her match against Roberta Vinci of Italy during day five of the AEGON Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 15, 2012 in Birmingham, England
Image by: Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Zheng Jie was forced to wait until Saturday to complete her Birmingham WTA grasscourt quarter-final against Roberta Vinci when rain halted the tie with the Chinese player 6-3, 5-6 ahead.

Zheng, the world number 32, had served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

Only one match was completed on Friday as Misaki Doi of Japan wrapped up a 6-4, 7-5 win over Stephanie Foretz-Gacon in a third round tie suspended midway through the second set on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Doi will play her first ever WTA Tour quarter-final against Jelena Jankovic, who is looking for her first title since 2010.

Left-hander Doi clearly enjoys the grass — she beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Zheng on her way to the third round of Wimbledon last year.

Doi and Jankovic will be on Centre Court following the completion of the Vinci-Zheng match on what could be a very busy Saturday, featuring both the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

The other quarter-finals feature Melanie Oudin and Irina Falconi in an all-American tussle, while Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova faces Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan.


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