Barty The Only Seed Standing As Wuhan Shocks Continue

Barty The Only Seed Standing As Wuhan Shocks Continue

Australia's Ashleigh Barty had to dig deep to overcome Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Wuhan Open in China on Thursday, beating the Russian 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to move into the semi-finals.

"Belarus 5" will show her game with last year's finalist Ashleigh Barty live at 13.30 Yesterday the first racket of Belarus and the 20th in the world was stronger than Dominika Cibulkova in 2 sets.

Qualifier Monica Puig reached the quarter-finals of the Wuhan Open after defeating Caroline Wozniacki for the second time this year.

Wozniacki came close in both sets, but Barty didn't allow Kerber any momentum as she denied the world No. 3 the chance to narrow the gap on the top ranking held by Simona Halep, who lost her opening match. Spain's Garbine Muguruza's patchy form this season continued as she was beaten 7-6 (3) 7-6 (1) by Czech qualifier Katerina Siniakova in a tightly-contested clash.

Suddenly, the aggression that had initially seemed over-eager was resulting in a cascade of winners - 24 in the set - and putting her in control; her groundstrokes were holding up enough to puncture even Wozniacki's indefatigable defence; and her first serve, missing to start with, was betting her free points.


She was soon rewarded for her aggression though as some fearless visits to the net coupled with 24 winners gave her the first set via a tiebreaker.

"She's a great player", Sabalenka said.

"I feel like by far this was my best match", said Barty, who is looking to end the 2018 season on a high. I feel like I'm a top-20 player. "Obviously we'd like to push towards top 10, but it was really important to prove to myself that the foundations we've set up are working".

Kvitova is the most successful player in Wuhan's short history after winning in 2014 and 2016, but she will have to wait for a third crown after Pavlyuchenkova came from a set down to secure a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win.

Also, seventh-seeded Joao Sousa defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (0), and Bernard Tomic beat Lloyd Harris 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (6).

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