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Yan Zi Advances into Semifinal of Toronto Cup
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Chinese qualifier Yan Zi advanced to the semi-finals of the 1.34 million-dollar Toronto Cup tennis tournament after her opponent retired in the quarterfinals.


China's Yan Zi gestures to the crowd while taking part in a promotion after winning her quarterfinals match against France's Marion Bartoli at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto, Aug. 17, 2007.


Yan was leading seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli of France 6-2, 3-0 when the Wimbledon finalist Bartoli decided she couldn't continue.


The 22-year-old Yan, ranked 169th in the world, beat Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) on Thursday. She also upset No. 4 Ana Ivanovic in the second round.


Yan will face the winner of the last quarter-final match between world number one Justine Henin and sixth-seeded Russian.


(Xinhua News Agency August 18, 2007)


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