Jelena Jankovic needed three sets to defeat Vera Zvonareva in the China Open semifinals. She did the job, at 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Svetlana Kuznetsova had her work cut out for her, too, but prevailed in a close (7-6, 7-5) semifinal against Zheng Jie.
4th seed Kuznetsova leads top seed Jankovic 4-2 in their head-to-head. They have played each other twice this year, both times on hard courts, and Kuznetsova won both times.