Chinese Peng Shuai sails into Australian Open 4th round

Updated: 2015-01-23 13:40


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Chinese Peng Shuai sails into Australian Open 4th round

Peng Shuai of China hits a return to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during their women's singles third round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

MELBOURNE - Peng Shuai equaled her best result in Australian Open Friday after she breezed into the last 16, beating Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-3.

Peng lost her opening service game before she broke back in the second.

The 29-year-old Chinese saved five set points in the 10th game and leveled at 5-5 on the second break point.

In the tie-breaker, Peng came from 1-4 down to win the set on her second set point.

Peng dominated the second set when she broke Shvedova's serve in the seventh game. She managed to grab the third match point in the ninth game and won the second set in 58 minutes.

Peng equaled her best performance in 11 appearances in Melbourne Park when she entered the fourth round in 2011.

She will meet the winner between five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova and Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

Five days into the Australian Open, Peng is the only remaining Chinese player in the singles competition.