Smiling Thai sensation Tamarine Tanasugarn walked of the center court with an air of confidence after her facile victory (6-3, 6-1) over Jie Zheng of China. All set to take on Maria Kirilenko in the semi finals of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open during the post match interview Tamarine opined that her young opponent is highly talented and that she is not underestimating her. In the following match Nicole Pratt of Australia beat Croatian Jelena Kostanic (6-4, 7-5) in a high powered battle. Jelena although composed was hitting the ball long and put Nicole in a tough spot during the second set at 5 games all. Nicole picked up the game, resulting in the fall of Kostanic.
The jubilant crowd welcomed Sania Mirza and Liezel Huber onto the Center Court with a roar of excitement, anticipating close quarter, high intensity match. The Indian and South African duo played against Wynne Prakusya and Angelique Widjaja. Winning the match Sania and Liezel signed autographs at the ING Vysya Stall to the delight of fans eager to get a close glimpse of the victorious duo. The final days of the ING Vysya Hyderabad Open 2004 are bound to hold an exciting and electrifying climax.
Chinese girls Zi Yan and Jie Zheng took on Mervana Jugic-Salkic and Jelena Kostanic and downed them 7-6 (7), 6-0. Yan and Zheng have put on an incredible effort and are gunning for the top doubles spot. Over the years the Chinese players have made a mark for themselves, and Hyderabad will be all eyes when Yan and Zheng take on the Mirza-Huber duo.