Karolina Pliskova makes way into Tianjin Open quarter-finalsDevdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 10-10-2018 17:00 IST | Created: 10-10-2018 16:32 IST
Top seed Karolina Pliskova bulldozed her way into the Tianjin Open quarter-finals by beating Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-2 on Wednesday as the Czech power-hitter eyes a place at the WTA Finals later this month.
Pliskova, currently holding the eighth spot in the Race to Singapore standings, must reach the semi-finals in Tianjin to secure one of the three available qualifying places for the season-ending tournament starting on Oct. 21.
The world number seven's 50-minute win came after a powerful start and she claimed 80 per cent of her first-serve points.
"I'm just happy that I didn't spend that much time on the court today and I can rest a little bit and prepare for my next match," Pliskova said.
Fellow Czech Barbora Krejcikova or Briton Katie Boulter awaits Pliskova in the last eight.
Wuhan champion Sabalenka produced a string of powerful groundstrokes, giving her opponent no chance to find her rhythm.
The 20-year-old will face either Swiss Timea Bacsinszky or Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi in the quarter-finals.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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