Sabine Lisicki has recorded her first win since February in a WTA-level match with a victory over two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva at the Guangzhou Open.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia sailed through her opening match at the WTA Guangzhou Open.
Alize Cornet of France will play for her second title of the year in the Guangzhou Open final after beating Timea Bacsinszky.
Sole surviving seed Alize Cornet has beaten 2009 champion Shahar Peer in the second round of the Guangzhou Open.
Wild-card entry Shuai Zhang of China and American qualifer Vania King have both advanced to the semi-finals of Guangzhou Open.
Top seed Sorana Cirstea has crashed out of the Guangzhou Open, while Laura Robson powered through to the second round.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic beat Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals of the WTA Guangzhou International Women's Open Thursday.
Romania's Monica Niculescu took advantage of a dozen double-faults by Alize Cornet to win the Guangzhou Open.
Wild-card entry Yafan Wang has advanced to the semi-finals of the Guangzhou Open by beating Kai-Lin Zhang.
Samantha Stosur has crashed out of the Guangzhou Open in the first round, as her poor run of form continued.
Reigning Guangzhou Open champion Hsieh Su-Wei has failed to make the quarter-finals crashing out to her unseeded opponent.
American qualifier Vania King has advanced to the second round of the Guangzhou Open by beating SA's Chanelle Scheepers.
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