WUHAN ECCO Jack Slip On 504034-02001 Black , Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Venus Williams won an absolute thriller, even saving match point, against her sister's US Open conqueror, Roberta Vinci, to reach the Wuhan Open final on Friday.
Vinci has been having a career revival in recent weeks, including making the semifinals in Wuhan this week and, a few weeks ago, reaching her first Grand Slam final at the US Open. During that run in New York she defeated Serena Williams Men'S ECCO Leather Slip On 615215 Black , ending the world No.1's quest for the calendar year Grand Slam.
On Friday, big sister got some family revenge, but it wasn't easy by any means - after letting a 3-0 lead go en route to dropping the first set 7-5, Williams went right to the grind, finding the range on her big serve and groundstrokes more and more to take the second set 6-2, and go up 5-2 in the third.
Vinci wasn't done. She came alive again, winning the next four games in a row to go up 6-5 and have a chance to serve for the match. She even got to match point in that 6-5 game, going up 40-30.
But the No. 15-seeded Italian missed her trademark backhand slice into the net to miss that match point and Williams pounced ECCO Mens Intrinsic 2 Slip On 860504-51707 Black , ripping a pair of huge groundstrokes in the next two points to break back.
Williams ripped a huge swing forehand volley to go up 6-4 in the tie-break, her own first match point, and Vinci missed a forehand wide to give the former world No. 1 a tense 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory.
"Oh wow, I'm so excited to play the final!" Williams said in her on-court interview. "That was my dream when I came to this tournament, to play the final and have a chance for the title here in Wuhan.
"Roberta played so well today - she had match point - so it was lucky for me to win this match."
The match statistics told the story. Not only was Williams more aggressive overall, hitting twice as many winners in the match ECCO Collin Casual Slip On 535584-51707 Black , 48 to 24, but she also hogged the net as much as she could, winning 36 of 51 trips into the forecourt.
After the aforementioned victory over Serena Williams in Flushing Meadows, Vinci was a point away from becoming the first player this year to have wins over both Williams sisters. One player a year has done it the last three years consists of Angelique Kerber in 2012, Sabine Lisicki in 2013, Ana Ivanovic in 2014.
"Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena," Williams commented.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- On the eve of the upcoming state visit to the United States by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a top American foreign policy official vowed Monday that the U.S.-China relationship is not a zero-sum game, as the U.S. is "steadily and methodically expanding the breadth and depth of our cooperation with China."
"We reject reductive reasoning and lazy rhetoric that says conflict between the U.S. and China is inevitable, even as we've been tough with China where we disagree," U.S. President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a speech on the U.S.-China ties at the George Washington University.
Rice noted that, under the Obama administration, the U.S. has "deepened our engagement with China at every level -- maximizing our cooperation on areas of mutual interest while confronting and managing our disagreements."
The top U.S. official on foreign policy said President Obama will "continue our frank and comprehensive discussions when he welcomes President Xi to the White House later this week for a State Visit."
President Xi will start his first state visit to the U.S. Tuesday in Seattle, Washington state, before traveling to Washington D.C., the U.S. national capital, for a summit meeting with President Obama Friday.
"Over the past two years, President Xi and President Obama have spent many hours meeting in formal and informal settings, as well as communicating through phone calls and letters, because many global challenges today can only be met with China and the United States working in concert ECCO Classic Moc 2.0 570904-01072 Coffee ," Rice said.
Pointing to the U.S. media's disproportional focus on the U.S.-China differences on issues such as cyber security and the South China Sea dispute, Rice warned that it "can be easy to lose sight of the larger arc of progress in our bilateral relationship with China."
Rice reiterated that pursuing "a productive relationship with China" is a critical element of the larger strategy of the U.S. for the Asia Pacific as it is implementing the so-called Rebalance to Asia strategy to expand its engagement in this dynamic region.
The U.S. "welcomes a rising China that is peaceful, stable, prosperous, and a responsible player in global affairs," Rice said.
Rice also acknowledged that it is natural that China takes on greater leadership to match its economic development and growing capabilities. "When China is invested in helping resolve regional and global problems, the United States - and the world - benefits," she said.
"And ECCO Classic Moc 2.0 570904-01001 Black , we will continue taking steps to build a productive, cooperative relationship with China that delivers benefits for both our peoples. That's a central pillar of our strategy in Asia," she said.
Rice listed the achievements of the deeper engagement and cooperation between the two sides in various fields, such as enhancing bilateral trade, dialogues, people's and the military-to-military exchanges, and strengthening cooperation on many global issues including the Iranian nuclear talks, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ECCO Classic Moc 2.0 Loafer 570944-01014 Mink , Afghanistan, climate change, and fighting the Ebola epidemic.
"So, we are steadily and methodically expanding the breadth and depth of our cooperation with China. Our story is, overwhelmingly, one of progress," Rice said. "Still, the reality is we face di