Indian tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi is one step closer to a final after she reached the semi-final of the ITF Pro Circuit event in China on Friday with an upset 6-4, 7-6(4) over the world no 134 Fangzhou Liu.

The 18-year-old had earlier registered a facile 6-3, 7-6 win against Briton Tara Moore, who was ranked 196 places ahead her.

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Thandi had managed to reach the round of 32 at Uzbekistan in June, where she lost out to Elena Rybakina despite winning by handsome 6-1 margin in the first set.

However, in another Uzbekistan event, Thandi managed to once again reach the last-four of the tournament. She had beaten another Chinese, Yue Yuan, to reach the quarter-finals.

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The teenager has jumped 37 places since June, moving from 450 to her current ranking of 413.

She will now fight it out with Chinese fifth seed Xinyu Gao for a place in the final. Gao ousted compatriot Wushuang
Zheng 6-2 6-4 in her quarterfinal match.