Ja­pan’s Hib­ino de­nies hosts all-China fi­nal

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Ja­pan’s Nao Hib­ino de­mol­ished wild­card Wang Yafan in the last four of the Jiangxi Open yes­ter­day to deny the hosts an all-Chi­nese fi­nal. The 22year-old Hib­ino, who has one WTA ti­tle al­ready to her name, faces the num­ber two seed and re­main­ing home hope Peng Shuai in the de­cider on the hard courts of Nan­chang, south­east China to­day. World-ranked 92 Hib­ino had far too much class for Wang, who is 147 in the world, and sent her pack­ing 6-0, 6-2 in a one-sided semi-fi­nal last­ing hardly an hour. But Hib­ino will face a far sterner test in the fi­nal in the shape of Peng, who is ranked 32 and the high­est seed left in the tour­na­ment with fel­low Chi­nese Zhang Shuai al­ready out. Peng was sim­i­larly em­phatic in romp­ing past com­pa­triot Han Xinyun 6-0, 6-3 in 82 min­utes to set up the show­down with Hib­ino. —AFP

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