Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kontaveit, Sabalenka reach Wuhan final

Kontaveit, Sabalenka reach Wuhan final

Barty, runner-up at Wuhan last year, staved off an early fightback from world number three Kerber to seal her first win over a top-10 player this year in an hour and 17 minutes.

Puig conceded after the match that Wozniaki had fought hard, and said that there were places she thought she could have improved.

Television microphones picked up Barty telling her coach Craig Tyzzer when he was summoned courtside at 4-3 in the third set that she was not able to hit through her forehand because of pain.

"Everything was going according to plan, I was playing great tennis", De Minaur told ATPWorldTour.com. "Honestly, on the match points that I had, I thought she played really aggressive".

"I've really been waiting for our next one".

"I feel like I'm a top-20 player", said Barty, who lost in last year's final.

Wang was moving gingerly as the first set ended, and appeared to hold back tears as the crowd cheered her every point.

"She's always very hard to play against".

Roared on by adoring home fans, Wang - top-ranked in China - had already made history by becoming the first local player to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament with an impressive march to the last four that included an upset of world number seven Karolina Pliskova.

Ashleigh Barty, the lone seed still standing, out-dueled Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, to reach her second straight Wuhan Open semifinal. "Certainly would have been nicer to get it done in straights today", Barty said.

Sabalenka, who earned her maiden WTA title at this summer's Connecticut Open, faces Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in the final.

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

Gasparyan, 24, had a much tougher time, but rallied to beat Germany's Mona Barthel 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

In the doubles, Shuko Aoyama and Lidziya Marozava beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 7-5.

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