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Arina Rodionova has had her quest for a WTA Tour title in China halted in the quarterfinals.

The 27-year-old Australian fought hard but ultimately fell to local hope Xinyun Han 6-1 7-5 as the Chinese world No.126 made the semi-finals.

Rodionova struggled early and was again down a break in the second set but rallied to get things back to 5-5 before Han again broke her serve and then served it out on her second match point.

Han will now face second-seeded countrywoman Peng Shuai, who beat Zhu Lin 7-6 (7-2) 6-0.