Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Halep, Ostapenko advance to semifinals of China Open

Halep, Ostapenko advance to semifinals of China Open

- World number two Simona Halep reached the China Open semi-finals for the first time in her career after beating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 on Friday.

She displayed an nearly ideal play in Beijing, where back in 2012 she lost to Sharapova in two sets.

At press time, seven players, including Muguruza, Halep, Svitolina and Ostapenko, have qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with one more spot left for the Oct 22-29 season-ender.

We didn't hear much from Ostapenko over the summer hardcourts - but she's back in form in Asia winning 11 of her last 12 including a smallish title in Seoul last month and then she knocked out the world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza en route to the Wuhan semifinals last week. "I served pretty well, and the work that I did after the U.S. Open, I could see it on court today". "I really want to do better, and I know I have to try to dominate the point or I will run a lot".

Halep also got some measure of revenge when she thrashed Kasatkina yesterday, having lost to the Russian at the Wuhan Open last week.

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The 30-year-old said: "I think she played an incredible match, probably the best she's played against me in all of our previous meetings". "I wasn't as sharp".

Second-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the quarterfinals of the China Open on Wednesday with a resounding 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova in Beijing.

"We all know what she's capable of doing, so I'm excited to go on court and to have another opportunity to improve and go for it".

Third-seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Australian Ashleigh Barty in their second-round match. Halep will be making her fourth straight appearance in the Republic. In the quarter-finals, she meets the victor between 11th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Kvitova leads the remaining field in aces, first serve points, service points and service games won, and will need to maintain her focus and this level to overcome Caroline Garcia, who finished her eight comeback win of the season, the 14th third-set victory in 18 matches in 2017, after 3 hours and 20 minutes over midnight.

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