09.23.06

China Open and the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix

Posted in Tennis, Track and Field/Athletics at 4:11 am by Nicole

Tennis fans can follow the draw for the China Open at The Sports Network’s tennis page. Peng Shuai is having a great tournament – despite being unseeded, she was the only one of the Chinese players to make the semifinals, with a second-round win against eighth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia and a three-set win against Japan’s Ai Sugiyama. She’ll have to get past some very big guns to win it, though: her semifinal opponent is Svetlana Kuznetsova, the number-two seed and former Grand Slam champion, and the other semifinal pits world number one Amelie Mauresmo against fellow U.S. Open semifinalist Jelena Jankovic.

On Saturday the second Shanghai Golden Grand Prix track and field meet will be held at Shanghai Stadium. The meet features fourteen events but the headliner of course is China’s Liu Xiang facing off against Allen Johnson, the legendary hurdler who upset Liu last weekend in the IAAF World Cup in Athens. The IAAF has published a preview article on the event, written by yours truly. Check out the event website for coverage in English. One note: the website doesn’t seem to be updating news from the event as quickly as other news websites out there – last we heard, Terrence Trammell and Dominique Arnold had pulled out earlier this week due to injury, but the start lists on the event website still have both of their names listed. Stay tuned…

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