Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
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WTA roundup: Wang rallies into Hong Kong final

WTA roundup: Wang rallies into Hong Kong final

In the final Yastremsky dated 24-th racket of the world Wang Qiang, which in the 1/4 final easily beat Elina Svitolina, and in the semifinals in three sets to clinch the victory over the former first racket of the world Garbine Muguruza.

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.

Her semifinal opponent will be Taiwanese No. 5 seed Su-Wei Hsieh, who also won by default when third-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens retired while trailing 6-2, 4-0.

Wang trailed Muguruza 4-1 in the final set, but showed determination to rally to win the almost three-hour encounter.

Wang had grabbed headlines at the French Open with her straight-sets demolition of Venus Williams, offering a hint of what was to come, and later overcame Karolina Pliskova in both Beijing and Wuhan.

The victory, in which she posted 33 winners to 21 unforced errors, will move the 102nd-ranked Yastremska to a new career high ranking in the top 80 when the next rankings are released on Monday. 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. "I probably still feel that I'm confident with my game and with my experience and with my level", Muguruza said at the China Open.

She became the youngest player in the history of Ukraine, which reached the final of the WTA tournament in singles and won the title.

"I had nothing to lose against her - she's a very good player", Wang said of Muguruza.

She could still qualify for the WTA Finals, but would have to request and be granted a wild card to play a tournament this coming week to secure a place in Singapore.

"I was nervous from the first ball", she said.

The teen quickly went down 4-0 to outsider Kristina Kucova ― the world number 317 who knocked out Jelena Ostapenko in the first round ― before recovering to win 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.

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