Gavrilova exits in Hong Kong Open quarters

Gavrilova exits in Hong Kong Open quarters

Gavrilova exits in Hong Kong Open quarters

Ukrainian teen Dayana Yastremska cruised past No. 6 seed Qiang Wang 6-2, 6-1 to win the Hong Kong Open in China on Sunday.

Wang was set to serve for the match when rain stopped play and the pair will return to the court ahead of the semi-finals on Saturday, with Svitolina facing a huge uphill battle if she is to add points to her bid to reach Singapore.

Wang Qiang edge Garbine Muguruza in a spirited two hour and 40 minute tussle on Saturday to reach her second WTA final in less than a month.

Gavrilova, 24, said she was exhausted after two three-set matches in the earlier rounds and said she suffered a painful knee during the pre-game warm-up which required heavy strapping. "Every tournament I play, every match I play my goal is to win, to flawless myself, to get experience and to win one day a Grand Slam", she said.

Yastremska is the sixth teenager to advance to a WTA final in 2018 and the second to win a title.

She later overcame Karolina Pliskova in both Beijing and Wuhan, but none of the victories was against such a high ranked opponent as Svitolina.

Even if she ends up losing the quarter-final to Wang, she could still possibly land a berth in the WTA Finals.

Down four games to love, 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska (UKR) enchained a string of blinding winners to capture the opening set 8-6 in the tiebreak.

Wang blamed fatigue for her flat performance after a frenetic summer and autumn which seen her claim two titles, a host of big name scalps and a gold medal at the Asian Games.

She said she may still play in Zhuhai and is now eyeing a top 20 ranking in the new year.

Yastremska was 1-6 in WTA main-draw matches this year before Hong Kong, but has won four consecutive straight-set matches to advance to the final.

Muguruza has played seven tournaments since the French Open and this marks the first time she's strung together three match wins. "I just went for it", Wang said at the close of her marathon day.

Yastremsky never won a player of the top 25, but today 18-year-old inhabitant of Odessa was simply unstoppable.

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