Zhang Shuai (left) and Xu Yifan of China compete during the women's first round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and Alexandra Panova of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, June 2, 2021. (PHOTO BY AURELIEN MORISSARD / XINHUA)
LONDON - Zhang Shuai of China reached the women's singles final at the Nottingham Tennis Open in Britain after beating American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday.
The world No 46 broke three times to wrap up the game in one hour and 30 minutes, reaching her first final on grass in her career.
Zhang Shuai will face British No 1 Johanna Konta on Sunday as the world number 20 fought hard to knock out Serbia's Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-5
Zhang, 32, played on the grass court at Nottingham as the fourth seed and beat unseeded Australian Arena Rodionova, 16th seed Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan and the seventh-seeded French Kristina Mladenovic consecutively to enter Saturday's semifinal.
Zhang will face British No 1 Johanna Konta on Sunday as the world number 20 fought hard to knock out Serbia's Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
Zhang has been struggling since the start of this season, losing seven matches in a row in the singles events. She managed to win a match in Strasbourg while warming up for the French Open, but then suffered a first-round defeat at Roland Garros where she reached the last 16 in 2020.
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