Posted: Fri January 4, 2013 7:33AM; Updated: Fri January 4, 2013 7:33AM

Li, Zakopalova to meet in Shenzhen Open final

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Li Na is tuning up for the Australian Open, where she reached the final in 2011.
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SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Top-seeded Li Na of China and fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic will meet in the final of the Shenzhen Open after straight-set victories in the semifinals Friday.

Li, who is ranked seventh in the world and has won six WTA titles, beat Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-0, while the 28th-ranked Zakopalova defeated Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-1, 6-3.

Li had three aces against her 40th-ranked opponent, who made three double-faults while managing only one ace.

Zakopalova, ranked 28th, played a steady game to win against Niculescu.

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