Barty, Wang advance to semifinals at Wuhan Open - KNBN

30 September, 2018, 19:26 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Australian Ashleigh Barty takes a selfie with a fan after her victory over Angelique Kerber at the Wuhan Open on 26 September 2018

Pierre-Hugues Herbert advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday.

The Frenchman won 79 percent of the points on his first serve and 55 percent on his second.

As the second seed in Shenzhen, Tsitsipas enjoyed an opening bye in the ATP 250 tournament but fell at the first hurdle as Herbert prevailed to book a quarter-final meeting with Ramos-Vinolas.

Also, Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka upset sixth-seeded Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5, and Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Viktor Troicki 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (3).

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

As Puig broke again to take a 4-3 lead, she would even begin to deploy a strategy of judicious net play to excellent effect, bringing the former World No.1 in with a dropshot before putting her own volley away, and more exquisite net play paved the way to another break for 6-5. She's one of the best players in the world.

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Puig, who turns 25 on Thursday, appeared unfazed by her opponent's stature, and kept the Dane under pressure throughout.

She will face Aryna Sabalenka - who downed Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-3 - in the second semi-final.

This win was Barty's first over a top-10 player since last year's Wuhan tournament, when she defeated the world's No.7, No.4 and No.10 players on her way to the final.

Wozniacki won the first three games of the match but failed to build on that strong start, losing the first set after seeing three set points come in go in a long tie-break. "Certainly would have been nicer to get it done in straights today", Barty said.

There is seemingly no place like home for Wang, who needed just 67 minutes to defeat Puig in a match short in duration but full of action.

"I feel like we both know each other's game very well", said the Puerto Rican, who is now 3-3 against Wozniacki. "I feel like the difference is who's going to take their opportunities and their chances, who's going to make or miss the shots".

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