Date's dream deferred

GUANGZHOU - China's Peng Shuai shattered 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm's dream of a second Asian Games title yesterday to keep her triple gold bid on course.

Peng, 16, clinched a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 win over the veteran Japanese, who won her first singles gold at the Hiroshima Asiad in 1994, and now faces either Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova or India's Sania Mirza for the gold medal.

World number 72 Peng has already helped China to gold in Guangzhou and is also in the women's double semifinals with Yan Zi.

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