Li Na shocked in Indian Wells semis

Flavia Pennetta upsets world number two to join Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of BNP Paribas Open

    Li Na had beaten Pennetta in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open [Reuters]
    Li Na had beaten Pennetta in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open [Reuters]

    Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta upset China's Australian Open champion Li Na to join Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

    The 32-year-old Pennetta qualified for the biggest singles final of her career after a 7-6, 6-3 drubbing of an out-of-sorts Li.

    Pennetta will face Radwanska in Sunday's final after the Pole avenged her loss to Romania's Simona Halep in Qatar last month with a 6-3 6-4 win on the Californian desert hardcourts.

    Li beat Pennetta in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January but the Italian was too good this time.

    "I think we played really good tennis tonight," Pennetta said. "In Australia I didn't have any chance against her, but tonight I played much better. I just fought and tried my best. Of course I'm happy."

    In the men's draw, Serbia's Novak Djokovic and American John Isner cruised into the last-four with straight-sets wins in the quarter-finals.

    Djokovic hardly raised a sweat in the Californian desert as he eased to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau, before the towering Isner rode his booming serve to a 7-6, 7-6 win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

    Saturday's other semi-final will be between Switzerland's Roger Federer and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who won their quarter-finals on Thursday.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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