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Tennis: Kvitova, Pironkova into Sydney semis

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won the battle of the Czech left-handers to reach the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. The second seed overcame world number 27 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 for her 300th career win to advance to the last four where she will face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova. It was only the second meeting between the pair who are Fed Cup teammates. "Lucie's a good friend of mine. We know each other well on and off court because we practised a lot together in the Fed Cup team," Kvitova said.

Tennis: Kvitova, Pironkova, Keys, Kerber into Sydney semis

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won the battle of the Czech left-handers to reach the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. The second seed overcame world number 27 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 for her 300th career win to advance to the last four, where she will face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who upset top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, retired with a back injury while trailing fellow American Madison Keys 3-2 in their night quarter-final.

Tennis: Errani wins through at Sydney

Italy's Sara Errani won through at the Sydney International in a match-up against compatriot Roberta Vinci on Sunday, as American teen Madison Keys pulled off an upset win over Simona Halep. Errani, the third seed and world number seven, said it had been tough playing in the heat in her first-round match against Vinci, her doubles partner, with the first set taking 40 minutes. "But I like hot weather," she said after her 6-4, 6-2 win.

Tennis: Stephens suffers injury ahead of Australian Open

Rising star Sloane Stephens' Australian Open preparation suffered an untimely setback with a wrist injury at the mixed teams Hopman Cup on Friday. The 20-year-old American, ranked 12th in the world, retired after dropping her first set in her singles clash with the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova. Kvitova took the first set 6-3 and Stephens then retired, citing a problem with her left wrist.

Tennis: Kvitova starts season in style

World number six Petra Kvitova powered into the new season with a comprehensive win over Anabel Medina Garrigues as the Czech Republic completed a clean sweep of Spain at the mixed-team Hopman Cup on Sunday. Kvitova was far too good for Medina Garrigues, who won the tournament with Fernando Verdasco earlier this year but battled knee soreness against the 2011 Wimbledon champion in their singles clash. From the outset, Kvitova simply had too much power for the veteran Spaniard, ranked 100th, and she dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 rout that took less than an hour.

Tennis: Tearful Serena sets up Li final clash

Serena Williams overcame physical difficulties, emotional distress as well as a stubborn opponent in Jelena Jankovic before reaching the final of the WTA Championships with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win. The world number one will tackle Li Na, the first Chinese player to reach the title match, after the former French Open champion defeated Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 6-2. It was a harrowing, stumbling performance by titleholder Williams over former world number one Jankovic, for she appeared to have problems with her movement and twice sat weeping into her towel during change-overs.

Tennis: Li Na continues late-career surge

Li Na continued her remarkable late-career surge by reaching the final of the WTA Championships, the tour's flagship season-ending tournament, for the first time on Saturday. The 31-year-old did so with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova, the former Wimbledon champion from the Czech republic who won the title two years ago.

Tennis: WTA Championships results - collated

Results from the fourth day of the WTA Championships on Friday (x denotes seeding): White group Li Na (CHN x4) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) 6-2, 6-1 Sara Errani (ITA x6) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x7) 6-4, 6-4 Red group Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x8) 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 afp

Tennis: Li Na strikes first for China as Azarenka goes out

Li Na, the first Chinese singles player to win a Grand Slam title, added another significant first to her collection on Friday by reaching the WTA Championships semi-finals. Li's trampling 6-2, 6-1 win over an ailing Victoria Azarenka carried her to the last four of the tour's flagship tournament for the first time. Another victory on Saturday, where she will face Petra Kvitova, will make her the first Chinese player to ever climb as high as number three in the world.

Tennis: Li Na strikes first for China as Azarenka goes out

Li Na, the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title, added another famous first to her collection when she reached the semi-finals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of an ailing Victoria Azarenka on Friday. It was the first time Li had qualified from the group stage of the tour's flagship tournament, and there was rarely any doubt that she would do so with a success which avenged her narrow defeat to the Belarusian at the Australian Open final in January.
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