Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wang downs Svitolina for biggest win of the year

Wang downs Svitolina for biggest win of the year

HONG KONG, Oct 12 ― Chinese number one Wang Qiang was on the brink of the biggest win of her season today when rain abruptly stopped her quarter final against world number five Elina Svitolina.

In the day's other match, Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska dispatched Slovakian Kristina Kucova 7-6 (6), 6-2 to earn a semifinal matchup with Zhang.

Wang, whose two career titles have come during a run fine of form in the second half of 2018, avoided a second-set bagel by breaking in game five, but it proved a brief reprieve as Yastremska went on to complete the dominant win.

She later overcame Karolina Pliskova in both Beijing and Wuhan, but none of the victories was against such a high ranked opponent as Svitolina. She's yet to drop a set this week en route to the semifinals.

But she said that was not why she lost.

The former Wimbledon Girls' Singles runner-up is projected to rise inside the Top 80 with her win and could reach inside the Top 80 with the title.

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Even if she ends up losing the quarter-final to Wang, she could still possibly land a berth in the WTA Finals.

Wang Qiang edge Garbine Muguruza in a spirited two hour and 40 minute tussle on Saturday to reach her second WTA final in less than a month. I was still up, I was 5-3 and my serve, and in the match, I did some great service games, so I was just trying to do the same and focus point by point.

Muguruza was pegged back after winning an opening-set tie-break, but moved three games clear in the decider.

"Yesterday, I felt very confident that I could win the title, but in the morning, I woke up and I felt a bit too nervous", Yastremska said, per the WTA.

Pliskova, ranked No. 6, is searching for her third title of the season and trying to lock up a spot in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore. Next week Ukrainian will enter the top 70 world ranking and becomes the third racket of the country.

Zhang Shuai of China knocked out seventh-seed Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-1, 6-3.

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