China's No. 1 Wang Qiang wrapped up the biggest win of her season on Saturday (Oct 13), after an overnight rain delay forced her to wait to claim victory over world number five Elina Svitolina at the Hong Kong Open. The Chinese played with objective and precision from start to finish to overwhelm No. 7 seed Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-3, to move safely through to her first semifinal here in Hong Kong.
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.
Svitolina, one of five players chasing the last three spots at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, hadn't dropped a set in two matches heading into the quarterfinal. "I plan to talk to my team, and we will see what are the options", said Svitolina in interview to the edition "tennis of Ukraine".
Yastremska, the current world No. 102, becomes only the second teenager to win a WTA singles title this season, following Olga Danilovic's success in Moscow in July.
The 26-year-old was serving for the match at 15-30, 5-2 in the second set ― after cruising to a 6-2 victory in the first set ― when the heavens opened.
Yastremska had 33 winners, compared to 21 unforced errors, in winning the final in just 65 minutes of play.More news: Netflix adds more subscribers than expected
"At 5-0 down, she had nothing more to lose, so she probably played a little bit more relaxed, and I got a little tight", Garcia said, per the WTA. Her previous title came in 2015 at the Ricoh Open.
She said she may still play in Zhuhai and is now eyeing a top 20 ranking in the new year.
"I just concentrated on court, point by point", Wang assessed.
The 18-year-old - who earlier this year became the first player born this millennium to break into the WTA top 100 rankings - appeared overwhelmed after the win, lying on her back in Centre Court to soak up the cheers of the crowd.
Wang, the top female player from China, reached her first career semifinal at the Hong Kong Open past year.