Li Na wins twice in a day to reach semis

Birmingham: Chinese top seed Li Na made it through to the semi-finals of the WTA grasscourt event here at Edgbaston after winning twice on Friday.

Li first defeated German 13th seed Angelique Kerber, losing the first set but coming back to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on a day when organisers tried to make-up for lost time in a rain-marred event.

Her quarter-final opponent, Estonian Kaia Kanepi, wasted little time Friday in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Portugal`s Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Thoughts that Kanepi might be the fresher player were reinforced when she won the first three games against Li.

But the 28-year-old Chinese regrouped. Li, the world number 12, won 6-4, 6-2 and will now face France`s Aravane Rezai in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Bureau Report