(August 29, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Peng Shuai has knocked out another seeded player at the US Open to reach just her second straight major tournament fourth round.
On Wednesday she dismissed No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, and on Friday Peng defeated 28 seed Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-3.
The No. 39-ranked Peng will play the winner of 14 seed Lucie Safarova or 22 seed Alize Cornet in an effort to try to earn a berth in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
“Big challenge,” Peng said of her next match. “I know I never pass it. And always like maybe — always different player. Also like I think for myself I need to (have) more courage, be more like stronger, and then try my best. Because now is I don’t know who I gonna be play for next round. Either way Cornet or Safarova. Both is really good player. Safarova is lefty. Sometimes it’s like different. I know this year she doing really good, you know. I will try my best.”
Peng is carrying the flag for China at the US Open with Li Na out due to injury.
Former US Open Finalist Jelena Jankovic dusted Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-0. Larsson upset Sloane Stephens on Wednesday.