Two matches proves too much for Nara in Nanchang


Two matches in one day proved too much for Kurumi Nara as she was sent packing by Duan Ying-Ying in the quarter-finals of the Jiangxi Open on Friday.

The Japanese second seed was forced to play twice on Friday after her match with Chang Kai-chen was postponed 24 hours earlier due to rain in Nanchang.

Nara came through that contest against the Taiwanese 7-5 6-4 despite dropping serve on four occasions.

However, Duan - who knocked out eighth seed Han Xinyun on Thursday - proved one hurdle too many, as the Chinese secured a 6-1 7-5 victory in one hour and 15 minutes.

Awaiting Duan in the semi-finals is Misa Eguchi, who overcame the challenge of Fangzhou Liu in a 6-1 6-2 drubbing.

On the other side of the draw, Francesca Schiavone was beaten 5-7 6-1 6-2 by Risa Ozaki, who next faces Vania King (6) after the American comfortably defeated Zhang Kai-Lin 6-0 6-4.