Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barty knocks out Kerber, advances to Wuhan Open quarters

Barty knocks out Kerber, advances to Wuhan Open quarters

She will next face Anett Kontaveit, who ended qualifier Katerina Siniakova's impressive run in the tournament by triumphing in the final match on court on Thursday. "And you know you have to come out here, enjoy and have fun and try and play as well as you can", Barty said.

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

Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and third-ranked Angelique Kerber both lost Wednesday in the third round of the Wuhan Open.

The 51st-ranked Puig was more than a match for Australian Open champion Wozniacki, who missed an opportunity to narrow the gap at the top after world number one Simona Halep was knocked out on Monday.

Wang won the first two games of the match but the clinical Kontaveit won the next six games in a row to take the first set.

Germany's Kerber was downed 7-5, 6-1 by Australia's Ashleigh Barty, last year's runner-up in Wuhan.

The impressive victory was the 14th on the trot on home soil for Wang, who has said she wants to follow the footsteps of China's two-time Grand Slam victor Li Na.

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Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki fell to qualifier Monica Puig, losing 7-6 (10) 7-5 for her second defeat by the Puerto Rican this season following a loss in Miami.

Barty, who is a defending finalist from 2017 at the tournament, will take on the victor of the Dominika Cibulkova and Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-final.

Twice champion Petra Kvitova surrendered a one-set lead before losing 3-6 6-3 6-3 to unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a result that ensured a new victor will be crowned in Wuhan.

"I'm so sorry that it had to end this way and I feel so bad for (Wang)", said the Estonian, who is now 27th in the WTA rankings.

"I set myself that goal at the start of the year, that I want to stay top-20".

"It's been a really exciting year and hopefully there is a couple of big tournaments left".

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