Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko book Wuhan Open meeting

Wuhan Open: Karolina Pliskova stunned by Ashleigh Barty in quarter-finals

Both Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko had to do it the hard way in a tournament that has already seen many fancied names fall.

Jelena Ostapenko and Garbine Muguruza meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wuhan Open.

"I just beat number one and it's fantastic", said Jelena Ostapenko. The top seed broke early for a 2-1 lead, and with Ostapenko spraying errors all around the court, the Spaniard was able to secure a double break lead and holding for a commanding 5-1 advantage. Puig also overcame two break points to trim the lead to 5-3, before Ostapenko wrapped up the victory with a huge service victor.

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.

"In the first set I think I really wasn't going for my shots", Ostapenko said in her post-match interview.

Little separated Pliskova and Barty. "But I played pretty well over the last two sets".

However, the Wimbledon victor came under severe pressure on her own serve in the second and - in an nearly a complete reversal of the first - she managed to hold on just one occasion.

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"Great match, great fight beginning to end", Garcia said.

A long year. We've worked very hard.

She will face France's Caroline Garcia, a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victor over Ekaterina Makarova.

Emboldened by a coaching visit, Ostapenko changed direction down the line with bold declarity powering through three consecutive games to take the 43-minute second set.

The 20-year-old reeled off six games in a row in the deciding set to wrap up the win. Maria Sakkari of Greece will go head-to-head with France's Caroline Garcia in the second semi, meaning all four players are aged 23 or under.

"When it gets tight or when I see myself going in the wrong way, sometimes I can go a little bit insane and lose my focus" she said earlier this week as the WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen revealed.



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