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Wang on brink of year's biggest win as rain stops play

Wang on brink of year's biggest win as rain stops play”

Her subsequent match against No. 4 seed Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain was a different story as Wang needed almost three hours to pull off the 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 comeback victory.

Muguruza has won three consecutive matches for the first time since her run to the last four at Roland Garros, not dropping a single set this week and breaking a streak of seven straight exits in the second or third round.

Zhang, who has won two career WTA singles titles and was knocked out of Beijng by Japan's Naomi Osaka at the quarter finals, will be favourite to win against 18-year-old Yastremska, now ranked 102.

In the day's other match, Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska dispatched Slovakian Kristina Kucova 7-6 (6), 6-2 to earn a semifinal matchup with Zhang.

The first set Yastremsky took two breaks. The victory over the fifth-ranked Svitolina marked Wang's first career win over a Top-5 player.

The former Wimbledon Girls' Singles runner-up is projected to rise inside the Top 80 with her win and could reach inside the Top 80 with the title.

The Hong Kong quarter-final was a rematch of August's US Open third round contest, which the Ukrainian won in straight sets, but here the tables were turned with Svitolina receiving a tennis masterclass from her opponent. "I probably still feel that I'm confident with my game and with my experience and with my level", Muguruza said at the China Open.

"I don't know a lot, but I know she's a young player and she plays really aggressive", Wang said.

Svitolina, who is now looking for a tournament wild card to boost her Singapore chances, is also in the hunt for a new fitness and main coach for next season.

After again twice leading by a break in the second set, Wang came through the fire in stunning fashion to clinch it, coming from 0-40 down in the 10th game to eventually serve it out and send the match to a thrilling final set.

"I was getting myself into too much trouble leaving the balls hanging in the middle of the court", said the Australian.



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