China's Peng Shuai knocks out fourth seed in US Open
Published on Aug 28, 2014 1:38 AM
NEW YORK (AFP) - Peng Shuai allowed Chinese fans to forget the injury-enforced absence of Li Na when she stunned Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the US Open on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old, ranked at 39 in the world, clinched a shock 6-3, 6-4 win to clinch a fourth career victory over a top five player but first at a Grand Slam. Peng had also defeated Radwanska, the champion in Montreal in the run-up to the tournament, at the same stage in New York in 2010.
The softly-spoken Tianjin native also wiped out the misery of her last clash against the Pole when she squandered two match points in losing their fourth round encounter at the 2011 Australian Open.
Peng, who has reached six singes finals in her career but has yet to lift a title, said she had been inspired by Li Na, the Australian Open champion and 2011 French Open winner.
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