WUHAN OPEN TENNIS: In-form Barty upsets Kerber

Ashleigh Barty Wuhan 2018

The impressive victory was the 14th on the trot on home soil for Wang, who has said she wants to follow the footsteps of China's two-time Grand Slam victor Li Na.

Barty, ranked number 17 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), squandered the opportunity to seal the victory in the second set, when she was just two points from the win, and rallied later on to win the third set 6-4. "She's one of the best players in the world, and you have to come out here, enjoy and have fun, and try and play as well as you can", Barty said on-court after the match.

Qiang Wang beat Monica Puig 6-3 6-1 in the the other completed quarter-final.

World number two Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were stunned at the Wuhan Open in China on Wednesday, both suffering shock defeats at the hands of less fancied opponents.

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She was soon rewarded for her aggression though as some fearless visits to the net coupled with 24 winners gave her the first set via a tiebreaker.

She also became the first woman to reach the last 8 at this year's edition too.

In-form Barty is now ranked 17th in the world, and a strong finish in Wuhan - where the victor will get 900 points - could help her inch up the rankings before the end of the season.

Ashleigh Barty is the only seed in the quarter-finals of the Wuhan Open after Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the night session.

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The 51st-ranked Puig was more than a match for Australian Open champion Wozniacki, who missed an opportunity to narrow the gap at the top after world number one Simona Halep was knocked out on Monday.

The 22-year-old Barty said she is looking to sustain that momentum to end 2018 on "the best note possible, whether that is results-based or feelings-based".

Anett Kontaveit needed three sets to see off China's Shuai Zhang 6-4 4-6 6-1, Dominika Cibulkova defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-6 (7/3) and Aryna Sabalenka beat Sofia Kenin 6-3 6-3.

But it was a short-lived fightback as Barty, Australia s top-ranked player, quickly regained control while Kerber struggled to contain unforced errors.

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