Wozniacki to play Peng in Brussels Open final

May 20, 2011 - 12:43 PM
Belgium Tennis Brussels Open

China's Shuai Peng returns the ball towards Russia's Vera Zvonareva, during the semifinals of the Brussels Open tennis tournament in Brussels, Friday, May 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki outlasted French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Friday to reach the final of the Brussels Open.

She will play for the title Saturday against Peng Shuai of China, who upset No. 3-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3.

In a match that stretched 2 hours, 32 minutes, Wozniacki kept the coolest head in the final set and will now seek her fourth title of the year heading into the French Open.

The 31st-ranked Peng relied on her powerful serve to pressure Zvonareva throughout the match and capitalized on the Russian's string of unforced to reach her first final since 2008 and earn a shot at a first WTA tour victory.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Peng Shuai of China upset third-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final of the Brussels Open.

Peng will play the winner of the second semifinal between top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Peng, who is ranked 31st, beat Zvonareva for the first time in eight attempts. She had seven aces on the slow clay of the overcast Primerose center court.

"I'm really excited to go to the final," Peng said. "I played her many times and lost many times."

Peng relied on her powerful serve throughout the match to pressure Zvonareva. She capitalized on a string of unforced errors by the Russian to reach her first final of the year and earn a shot at a first WTA tour victory.