Halep, Bacsinszky advance to Shenzhen finals

Shenzhen, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Simona Halep of Romania and
Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland were straight set winners on Friday in the
semifinals of the season-opening Shenzhen Open.

The top-seeded Halep had little trouble with local crowd favorite Zheng
Saisai, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win while No. 8 Bacsinszky managed to upset second-
seeded Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 6-4.

Li Na won the title in 2013 and 2014 at Shenzhen, which serves as a tune-up
for the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam of the season will begin Jan. 19
in Melbourne.