China's Peng Shuai reaches Birmingham semi-final

Peng Shuai

Chinese third seed Peng Shuai cruised into the semifinals on the grass of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand on Friday.

Peng Shuai has no encounter with Erakovic, who is now 151st-ranked and on-form this week. Erakovic lost the first set after wasting game point and dropping serving game in the end of the set. Peng Shuai won the exhausted match finally with the critical breaking in the deciding set and in the semifinal will face Sabine Lisicki, who defeated the Slovakian 14th seed Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

In the other semifinal, Second seed Ana Ivanovic will face seeded fourth Daniela Hantuchova.