Tearful Wang forced to retire injured from WTA Wuhan Open semi-final

Australian Ashleigh Barty takes a selfie with a fan after her victory over Angelique Kerber at the Wuhan Open on 26 September 2018

Ashleigh Barty's run at the Wuhan Open has come to an end in the semi-finals after going down to powerful Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

This win was Barty's first over a top-10 player since last year's Wuhan tournament, when she defeated the world's No.7, No.4 and No.10 players on her way to the final.

Puig, who came into the quarters with an upset win over world number two Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday, switched gears and tried a more aggressive approach, but was unable to faze the local favourite.

She will face the victor of the second semi-final between Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka broke Barty in the opening service game of the second set and got better as the match went on, unleashing a flurry of winners as she served out the match.

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

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

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He continued: "There are three things when we are speaking about an individual". "I said a few words at half-time", he said . I am telling you, the performance and the commitment of the player is very high.

But her mobility was clearly impaired when she returned to the court and Kontaveit was able to secure the first set with flourishing winners before moving into a dominant position in the second.

Wang, who recently became China's No. 1 player, promised that there was more to come from her nation's women, who bear the burden of following Li, Asia's first Grand Slam victor and a trailblazer for tennis in China. "It was extremely close and could've gone either way, but I'm happy to give myself another opportunity tomorrow". She's one of the best players in the world.

"I feel like I'm really solid out there, making a lot of balls and playing smart tennis", said De Minaur.

She reached the semifinals in New Haven as a qualifier and has now won five matches in a row in Wuhan.

The Australian was in red hot form at the China event, beating the German 7-5 6-1.

"I didn't expect this level from me", Sabalenka said, during her post-match press conference.

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