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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga appears to have recovered from knee injury which saw him withdraw from Wimbledon after he powered into the semi-finals of Open de Moselle by beating Germany’s Tobias Kamke 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Tsonga, playing his first competitive tennis since his withdrawal from Wimbledon, has won this tournament in the past two years and shows every sign of making it a hat-trick of wins if he can overcome eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany in Saturday’s semi-final.
If he is successful he will then meet the winner from the other semi-final which is an all-French affair between Gilles Simon and Nicolas Mahut.
Meanwhile, Zhang Shuai has claimed her first WTA Tour title with victory over American Vania King at the Guangzhou Open on Saturday.
The 24-year-old came into the tournament as a wildcard but battled past Olga Puchkova, Hsieh Su-wei, Britain’s Johanna Konta and Yvonne Meusburger en route to the final.
She was second favourite to land the spoils but came through a tough first set before claiming the tie-break for the loss of just one point.
King then crumbled in the second set to give the Chinese star a 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 victory in front of her own fans in the Far East.
She has now become the fifth woman from China to win a WTA event and breezed through the tournament without dropping a set.