WTA Rome: Sara Errani stuns World no. 2 Li Na to confirm the semi-finals

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WTA Rome: Sara Errani stuns World no. 2 Li Na to confirm the semi-finals

Tennis: World no. 11 Sara Errani ended a losing streak of 6 matches against world no. 2 Li Na when she stunned her in 3 sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome. 2012 French Open finalist, Errani had lost all 6 meetings with this year's Australian Open champion Li Na.

The Italian had won the first set when they played for the first time in second round of 2008 US Open but then she lost next 12 sets against China no. 1, which resulted in 5 straight sets losses. Having reached the semifinal only once in previous 10 appearance in Rome, which came last year, Errani was determined to reach semifinal for the second year in a row in Rome.

She started strong and saved 3 out of the 4 break points she faced in the first set. Li Na was broken 3 times as the first set went 6-3 to Errani. 2011 French Open champion and 2012 Rome finalist Li Na was not willing to give it up easily as she bounced back in the second set and won it 6-4 to force the match into the deciding set.

But Errani got the momentum back in the third set, and although she was broken once, she converted all 3 break points that she got to take the set 6-2 and moved into the last four after 2 hours and 2 minutes. She will face the winner of former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic and world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska.