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WTA Guangzhou 2014 order of play & schedule: Friday, September 19

Suneer Chowdhary in WTA Tour 19 Sep 2014
Monica Niculescu takes court for her semi-final at Guangzhou on Friday. (credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The WTA Guangzhou 2014 reaches its business end of the competition on Friday as Alize Cornet heads the semi-final draw.

Second seeded Cornet continues to wage a lonely battle as a seeded player after a mass exodus saw all the remaining seven seeded players bow out in an early hurry. The French woman will now takes on Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland for a place in the final.

This will be the fourth meeting between these two players, with Cornet having won the last two times they played after losing their first encounter. Their last match came earlier this year in the Fed Cup and Cornet was stretched slightly but won in straight sets in the end. 

Bacsinszky is yet to face a seeded player in this competition.

The other match will see surprise semi-finalist Yafan Wang face Monica Niculescu. The 20-year-old Chinese player was ranked 251st in the world before the start of this competition and got a wild-card to feature in it. It is her first major WTA tournament of the year and she has done much better than what most expected.

After her stunning first round win over the top seeded Samantha Stosur, Wang has already sent out Petra Martic and Kailin Zhang in her next two matches to set up this meeting with the 60th-ranked Romanian.

Niculescu has had it rather easy in that she has overpowered all her opponents with much ease. She has lost 11 games over three matches, which has included wins over Bojana Jovanovski, Misaki Doi and Monica Puig and should start as an overwhelming favourite to make the final here.

Here's the WTA Guangzhou 2014 Order of Play for Friday, September 19:

CENTRE COURT

Starting at 11.00 am
Yafan Wang (CHN) v Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v [2] Alizé Cornet (FRA)
Chia-Jung Chuang / Chen Liang (TPE / CHN) v [2] Andreja Klepac / María-Teresa Torró-Flor (SLO / ESP)
[1] Misaki Doi / Yi-Fan Xu (JPN / CHN) v Alizé Cornet / Magda Linette (FRA / POL)


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