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


Barty - who started the year ranked 271 in the world and will move into the top 30 for the first time - will face world No.1 and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza or French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.

"I just beat number one and it's incredible", said Jelena Ostapenko. Barty claimed her first-ever win over a Top 5 player on her seventh attempt and a first Premier 5 semifinal.

Second for match wins across all surfaces this season (49), behind Wozniacki (53), Pliskova handed a pivotal minibreak to 4-3 in the second set tiebreak.

Ostapenko is in great form having won her first hardcourt title last week at the KEB Hana Bank-Incheon Airport Korea Open in Seoul and now only Ashleigh Barty can stop her reaching a second successive final.

"I'm just happy to come through at the end", said the Australian.

Pliskova, the world No 4, saved three match points when Barty served at 5-4 in the third set, but the Australian recovered her poise and went on to dominate the deciding tie-break, which she won 7-2.

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

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A brief pause to dry the courts following a rain shower couldn't save Muguruza, and Linette served the set out to love in the next game.

The 20-year-old recorded 29 winners to dismiss the reigning Wimbledon champion in 1 hour, 57 minutes. "She had a very good moment in the second set but that didn't disturb me to just keep going".

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.

Garcia beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-6, 6-4 while Sakkari beat Alize Cornet 7-6, 7-5.

"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.

"I felt like I was close", said Pliskova in her post-match press conference.