Barty takes it to Kerber

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Round three of action here on Wednesday at the ongoing Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open saw all of the remaining top-10 players crash out and China's No. 2 player Wang Qiang advancing to the quarterfinals.

Progressing into the Quarter Finals of the Wuhan Open following an impressive victory over Angelique Kerber, Australian Ash Barty analysed her 1 hour 19 minute win over the German.

Sabalenka beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-3 in their quarter-final.

The promising 20-year-old also won 84 per cent of points on her first serve, coming from a break down in the first set and refusing to allow Barty a way back after taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

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Wang now faces Anett Kontaveit, after the Estonian defeated Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 in the day's late match.

The Australian world number 17 is looking for her second trophy of the season following her success at the Nottingham Open in June.

"It's been an exciting week, and I was lucky to get out of that match", Barty said on court after the match.

In the ensuing tiebreaker, Sabalenka reeled off five points in a row to steal the set. "I feel like the difference is who's going to take their opportunities and their chances, who's going to make or miss the shots".

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Wang, who recently became China's No. 1 player, promised that there was more to come from her nation's women, who bear the burden of following Li, Asia's first Grand Slam victor and a trailblazer for tennis in China. Well, she's a great player.

Puig conceded after the match that Wozniaki had fought hard, and said that there were places she thought she could have improved.

Sabalenka is seeking her second career title after New Haven as is the 22-year-old Kontaveit.

Qualifier Monica Puig has saved her best game for the last part of 2018.

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In the doubles, Shuko Aoyama and Lidziya Marozava beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 7-5.

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