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Sun Tiantian eclipses Serena at China Open
Updated: 2005-09-22 06:21

Williams, the defending champion, who had been banking on a dream final with her sister Venus, was generously credited with just 22 unforced errors in an embarrassing rout lasting one hour, 39 minutes.

Serena Williams reacts after losing a point. [newsphoto]
Sun was clearly nervous in the closing stages as she played the American whose current 2005 form has been a shadow of her former self.

The Chinese right-hander caught the line with a looping return to erupt in relief after the bout of nerves which twice prevented her from serving out the upset.

Williams suffered her seventh loss of the season and can now do little but perhaps watch Venus try to pick up the family honour with her own opening contest against Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives Thursday.

"I'm very disappointed, I struggled all night, I played terrible," said the American. "I never expected a tough match like this.

"I was struggling with my left knee. I'm disappointed I couldn't perform better. Sun played well, she was ready for the match."

Earlier, fast-rising Peng teetered on the edge of defeat, letting a 4-0 final-set lead slip before rescuing a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) victory over Mariana Diaz-Oliva.

The top-ranked Chinese at 33rd in the world gave her home nation a roller-coaster ride as they watched her apparent winning margin evaporate against the 29-year-old Argentine baseliner in the second round.
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