Indian Wells 2014: Pennetta shocks Li to set up Radwanska final

Indian Wells 2014: Flavia Pennetta sets up final against Agnieszka Radwanska with shock win over Li Na

Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska will face Flavia Pennetta in the final Photo: Marianne Bevis

Flavia Pennetta stunned world number two and top seed Li Na in straight sets to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Pennatta, the 20th seed, won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to set up a showdown with Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who eased past Simona Halep 6-3 6-4.

I just fought and tried my best. Of course I’m happy

Flavia Pennetta

“I think we played really good tennis tonight,” said Italian Pennetta.

“In Australia I didn’t have any chance against her, but tonight I played much better. I just fought and tried my best. Of course I’m happy.”

Meanwhile, Romania’s Halep, who will rise to fifth in the new world rankings on Monday, accepted that Radwanska was a worthy winner of their semi-final.

“It was a tough match,” said Halep. “She played really well. She deserved to win today. Every ball was in for her, and I had to run a lot. I think I started the match a bit too soft. I was not ready to play.

“But she is a great player. It’s always difficult to play against her. I wanted to find my way to play. I did, but it was too late in first set. She was better than me today.”

Radwanska added: “I think I was serving better than other days, so that helped today as well. I think it was a pretty good match.”

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