Guangzhou, China (Sports Network) - Rising British star Laura Robson secured
a berth in Saturday's final at the $220,000 Guangzhou International tennis
The left-handed Robson upset third-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-2 in
just under an hour-and-a-half in Friday's semifinal action on the hardcourts
at Tianhe Sports Centre.
The 18-year-old Australian-born Robson recently enjoyed a run into fourth
round at the U.S. Open, where she sent former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters into
retirement with a second-round victory and followed with an upset of former
French Open champion Li Na of China before falling to last year's U.S. Open
titlist Samantha Stosur.
Robson's opponent on Saturday will be Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh, who upended
fourth-seeded Pole Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 in the other semi. The 26-
year-old Hsieh will now appear in her second final of the year, seeking a
second title. She was a surprise champion, in her first career final, in
Kuala Lumpur back in March.
The 74th-ranked Robson and world No. 53 Hsieh have met once on tour, with the
Taiwanese prevailing in Osaka last season.
Saturday's winner will take home a first prize of $37,000.
The Sports Network