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Ashleigh Barty through to Wuhan semi-finals

01 October, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Australian Ashleigh Barty takes a selfie with a fan after her victory over Angelique Kerber at the Wuhan Open on 26 September 2018

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.

"I didn't expect this level from me", said Sabalenka afterward, per the WTA.

After breezing through the first set off the back of two breaks of serve, Barty was overwhelmed by the free-wheeling Russian towards the back end of the second. "She's definitely going to be a tough test for me, especially her playing at home, she's going to have the home court advantage", she said.

"If I can play as well as she did, I will have a very flawless life".

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John Millman will wait to see if there is one more withdrawal from next week's ATP Tokyo main draw for him to make it before he commits to a flight from Brisbane.

Wang, who recently became China's No. 1, promised there was more to come from her country's women, who bear the burden of following Li, Asia's first Grand Slam victor and a trailblazer for tennis in the world's most populous nation.

Second seed Vera Lapko progressed to the last eight with a 6-2 6-4 win over Ivana Jorovic and will face Mona Barthel following her 7-5 4-6 6-4 victory against Evgeniya Rodina.

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

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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). "Anastasia came up with a few different tactics so I had to adjust a little bit, but I was happy with the way I managed to look after most of my service games".

"I'm not disappointed, but I'm just sad this injury came from nowhere".

Kontaveit dispatched Katerina Siniakova, 6-4, 6-4.

In-form Barty is now ranked 17th in the world, and a strong finish in Wuhan - a WTA Premier 5 tournament with 900 points for the victor - could help her inch up the rankings before the end of the season.

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The Australian was in red hot form at the China event, beating the German 7-5 6-1.

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