Wozniacki, Kerber crash out at Wuhan Open

30 September, 2018, 19:27 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Monica Puig- Wuhan 2018- Jimmie48/WTA

Puig also came from behind in the second set, rallying from 3-1 down to get the job done in two hours and 24 minutes.

Barty will next face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a spot in the semi-finals after the Russian was a surprise victor over fifth seed Petra Kvitova.

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.

Kerber then held break points on Barty's serve but couldn't capitalise and the 16th seed made her pay with an immediate break to take the first set.

Barty came storming out of the blocks, taking a 3-0 lead in the first set before the German offered some resistance to make it 5-5.

Kerber's elimination follows world number one Simona Halep's defeat on Tuesday night against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and fourth seed Caroline Garcia's loss to Katerina Siniakova.

Aryna Sabalenka will perform in the semi-final of the prestigious tennis tournament of Premier category in Chinese Wuhan.

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The impressive victory was the 14th on the trot on home soil for Wang, who has said she wants to follow the footsteps of China's two-time Grand Slam victor Li Na.

"From the beginning of the season, the goal has been top 20 for this year", she said.

Up next for Cibulkova is Russia's Daria Kasatkina who saved four match-points before overcoming China's 17-year-old Wang Xiyu 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (8).

Kontaveit, who knocked out world number nine and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round at Wuhan, is aiming to finish the season strongly.

Puig had come from a bagel set down to defeat the Australian Open champion 0-6 6-4 6-4 in the second round at the Miami Open in March and the 24-year-old repeated the dose with a forehand victor to set up a clash against home favourite Wang Qiang, who defeated Daria Gavrilova in straight sets, in an all-unseeded battle.

But it was a short-lived fightback as Barty, Australia's top-ranked player, quickly regained control while Kerber struggled to contain unforced errors.

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