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Sabalenka to face Kontaveit for Wuhan title

Australian Ashleigh Barty takes a selfie with a fan after her victory over Angelique Kerber at the Wuhan Open on 26 September 2018 Ashleigh Barty: I feel like a Top-20 Player
| 01 October, 2018, 12:46

Australia's Ashleigh Barty caused another upset at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday, knocking out Germany's third seeded Angelique Kerber to advance to the quarterfinals.

Sabalenka beat 16th seed Barty 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the second semi-final on Friday.

Barty moves on to the semi-final, where she will face either Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia or Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka.

Wang is next to face the victor of yesterday evening's match between Estonian Anett Kontaveit and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

A finalist at the tournament in 2017, where she beat three top 10 players before losing to Caroline Garcia in the decider, Barty hadn't beaten someone in the top echelons since.

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 a year ago.


Both players broke each other four times to force another tie-break, but the Czech player stormed to victory to reach her first quarter-final since May.

"I feel like I'm really solid out there, making a lot of balls and playing smart tennis", said De Minaur. I feel like I'm a top-20 player.

Puig conceded after the match that Wozniaki had fought hard, and said that there were places she thought she could have improved. "Certainly would have been nicer to get it done in straights today", Barty said.

Margarita Gasparyan continued her comeback with an impressive win over Tatjana Maria at the Tashkent Open, to reach her first WTA quarter-final in nearly two years.

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

Wang took advantage of her opponent's unforced errors to win the first set 6-3 and took control of the second early on, as Puig appeared to lose focus, becoming frustrated by her frequent unforced errors.

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