Rain Saves Svitolina in Hong Kong QFs, Luksika Out

Heather Diaz
October 17, 2018

The Spaniard was relieved to keep the hard-fought match to just two sets ahead of her Saturday semi. "After match point I fell on the floor because I felt so relaxed, that was my instinct to go and lie because I needed to put it away, the emotions".

"The first and second rounds gave me a lot of confidence ― that's why today I played really well", the 29-year-old said.

Yastremska, the current world No. 102, becomes only the second teenager to win a WTA singles title this season, following Olga Danilovic's success in Moscow in July.

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.

First career victory at the WTA tournament brought Diane Yastremsky more than 160 thousand dollars in prize money and 280 points.

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine was close to bowing out of the Hong Kong Open when rain disrupted the quarterfinals on Friday. Previously her best result was the quarter-finals.

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Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England's young forwards. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2.

The current world number 24 grabbed headlines at the French Open with her straight-sets demolition of Venus Williams, offering a hint of what was to come.

Svitolina is still in the running for one of the three remaining places at the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month and she now faces an anxious wait to see if a quarter-final finish will be enough to secure qualification. Yastremska's win prevented the 24th-ranked Wang from winning her third career title. She's now not entered, but could request a main draw wild card.

Fourth-seed Garbine Muguruza is into her first semifinal since the French Open in June after beating Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-2, 7-5.

"I was nervous in the beginning, but even though I was down 4-0, I didn't lose my fighting spirit".

"I felt like she had her A-game today", Gavrilova said.

Zhang, ranked 40th in the world, had shrugged off the loss of the first set despite leading 5-2 to race to a 3-0 lead in the second set, only to be hauled back by her opponent's blistering return of serve and shot-making skills.

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