(September 2, 2014) Li Na may be absent, but her countrywoman, unseeded Peng Shuai ranked No. 39, will be representing China in the US Open semifinals. Peng beat 17-year-old Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach her first semifinal in 37 Grand Slam tournaments. Peng is tied for sixth place for the most appearances before reaching the semifinal of a major.
“Well, it’s really happy what I did it now,” Peng said. “And then thinking from the beginning year I was doing lot of fitness and also like I keep practice, try to improve my game. Maybe this time I find a way or I catch like right time.”
The 28-year-old said in her on-court interview she thought about retiring from tennis.
“My coach, my parents, they always tell me to try to keep going and never ever, give up,” she said.
Peng was full of focus and consistency in the 90 degree plus heat with 24 winners.
The Swiss Bencic, coached by Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor, was given a code violation for getting help from her box while down 6-2, 2-0. She yelled at the umpire in protest.
“I wasn’t nervous or something going to the court,” Bencic said talking about the match. “It was just the little things that didn’t work out for me. I had the small outs; I make some unforced errors and stuff. She also didn’t let me to come into the game again.”
Next for Peng will be the winner of Sara Errani versus Caroline Wozniacki match.
“Well, they both beat me more than I beat them,” Peng said of her possible opponents. “That’s for sure. Also is like very good player and they have like really good movement and they both really strong mentally and really tough. For now I think I will just like try to rest and when they come here, I will try to focus again.”
Last week’s media darling is completely out of the US Open now. Fifteen-year-old CiCi Bellis, who beat the 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the main draw, was ousted by Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-1 in the second round of the girls’ junior draw.