Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Barty, Wang advance to semifinals at Wuhan Open

Barty, Wang advance to semifinals at Wuhan Open

Wang Qiang, the first Chinese woman to reach the semi-finals of her home Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Wuhan Open, was unable to continue after three games of the second set against Anett Kontaveit in the last four because of an injury to her left thigh.

Wozniacki lost to Olympic champion Monica Puig 7-6 (10), 7-5, while Wimbledon champion Kerber was upset by Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-1.

Wang broke Puig six times and saved seven of the eight break points she faced.

Kontaveit goes on to face Katerina Sinakova who took out world No. 14 Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1). Speaking about her goals for this year, Barty assessed, "I set the goal at the start of the year that I wanted to stay Top 20".

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.

Both players then held to force a tiebreak but Sabalenka dominated to secure the set.

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.

"I didn't expect this level from me", Sabalenka said, during her post-match press conference.

Kontaveit will come up against another unseeded player in what will the biggest final of her career as she goes in search of a second title - the first coming in Den Bosch previous year.

"I would like to say that she's a tricky player because she's playing slice, lobs, with spin".

"It was not an easy match because she's moving really well and she puts a lot of balls in", Sabalenka said.

Her exit means the first final of 2018 for the 22-year-old Kontaveit, who will be looking to win her second WTA title after enjoying a breakout season in 2017. Wang powered past Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-2.

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