Wozniacki, Kerber crash out at Wuhan Open

Wozniacki, Kerber crash out at Wuhan Open

"I feel like the difference is who's going to take their opportunities and their chances, who's going to make or miss the shots".

Barty, who has been impressive in her run to the final four at Wuhan, then regained her grip on the close encounter and survived Pavlyuchenkova's fightback.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty rallied late in the third set to eliminate Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from the Wuhan Open quarter-finals here on Thursday.

Barty, who is a 2017 finalist at this event, forehand did the damage while her serve was also solid and finished with more winners and less unforced errors than Kerber.

Wang broke Puig six times and saved seven of the eight break points she faced.

Barty started strongly against the 39th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova, taking the first set 6-2.

As Puig broke again to take a 4-3 lead, she would even begin to deploy a strategy of judicious net play to excellent effect, bringing the former World No.1 in with a dropshot before putting her own volley away, and more exquisite net play paved the way to another break for 6-5.

The 34th-ranked Wang was moving gingerly before the final game of the first set, and got some on-court treatment on her legs before play resumed.

Kontaveit will be Siniakova's opponent at the quarter-final stage after the Estonian defeated Zhang Shuai 6-4 4-6 6-1.

In-form Barty is now ranked 17th in the world, and a strong finish in Wuhan - a WTA Premier 5 tournament with 900 points for the victor - could help her inch up the rankings before the end of the season.

In the second round of the doubles, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA fell to a 7-6 (7/1), 2-6, 10-7 defeat to Czech second seeds Andrea Sestini Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova in 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Barty pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament on Wednesday when she knocked out Wimbledon champion and world number three Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

Aryna Sabalenka stands in her way next, the in-form 20-year-old beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-3.

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