PLISKOVA, MUGURUZA the latest to fall

Friday, 29 Sep, 2017

The victor of Barty's meeting with world number four Pliskova will face either Muguruza or Ostapenko in the semi-finals.

Sakkari beat Garcia's compatriot Alize Cornet 7-6 (2), 7-5 while Garcia got the better of Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (3), 6-4 last night.

"I just beat number one and it's wonderful", said Jelena Ostapenko.

Don't love this matchup, but Muguruza should reach the semifinals. Muguruza, perhaps buoyed by her performance in the first set, was able to break back and even up proceedings at 3-3, though the Spaniard was no longer playing as well as she had in the first set and was immediately broken once again.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia (above) and Agnieszka Radwanska (below) of Poland during their third round women's singles match at the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.

"I've played Karolina a couple of times now, and it's been very close every time", Barty said in her on-court post-match interview.

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And it was just as well for Muguruza that the Czech lost her last-eight clash, as she threw away the advantage to lose 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to French Open champion Ostapenko.

"I think she was playing just a little bit better today", Pliskova said.

The other semifinal will be between two unseeded players, with Maria Sakkari of Greece taking on France's Caroline Garcia.

Defeat for Pliskova secured Muguruza's place at the rankings summit for the time being, but she swiftly lost her place in this tournament at the hands of Ostapenko. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match she won in three sets. "She had a lot of good shots, especially in the right moments, I think she picked the good ones and went for it". "I was very motivated and worked very hard a year ago to get back to where we are now".

Muguruza, who had been hunting for her first victory as the top-ranked player in the world, found herself grappling with a knee injury that has plagued her for the past two weeks.

However the world No. 88 Linette recovered in the second, getting her first service break and capitalizing on Muguruza's eight unforced errors for a 5-0 lead. The showdown between Muguruza and Ostapenko will be the first meeting in 2017 between any of this year's Grand Slam champions.