Seeded Elina Svitolina reaches Hong Kong Open quarterfinals

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

Svitolina, who is in the hunt to earn one of the three remaining spots for the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore, will next play sixth-seeded Wang Qiang.

The 24-year-old added she knew what to expect from Wang, who she said was helping spearhead the development of Chinese tennis. I have to step up and bring my best game.

Wang was a 7-5 6-1 victor against Christina McHale, while seventh seed Daria Gavrilova beat Monica Niculescu and Zhang Shuai ousted Lesley Kerkhove in three sets. "I think that's the way forward".

There were no shocks in Tianjin, second seed Garcia defeating Zhang Yuxuan 6-3 6-4.

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Gavrilova led 5-0 in the opening set and 5-1 in the decider; she even served three times for the match giving always a chance to her opponent, bidding to win back-to-back WTA main draw matches for the first time since Miami, to fight back.

Gavrilova, the world number 34, has enjoyed an impressive run of recent form in Asia, beating world number 18 Jelena Ostapenko in Wuhan and stunning world number seven Petra Kvitova in Beijing.

Gavrilova now faces China's number two Zhang Shuai, who wrapped up a 6-1 6-7 6-1 win over Lesley Kerkhove.

We will remind, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Hong Kong was released as a "racket" of Ukraine Dayana Yastremsky (No. 102), which will play with Christina Kucove from Slovakia (No. 317).

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