Top seed Garbine Muguruza was a straight-sets winner over
Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 6-3, while No. 8 seed Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova was also unable to get out of the second round,
falling 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Elina Svitolina. Qualifier Magda Linette
needed two hours and 50 minutes to get past unseeded Yulia
Putintseva 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
It was a shocking exit for Pliskova, who was coming off a strong
run to the women's final at the U.S. Open earlier this month.
The 107th-ranked Sasnovich had never defeated a player ranked in
the top 30, but will now face Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals.
"I was expecting now to be going to Wuhan for the next
tournament because I know Karolina is a really good player and I
didn't expect to win today," Sasnovich said. "But you know, it's
life and it's tennis, the ball is round!
"I have a lot of emotion. It was my first win over a Top 10
player, I'm really happy with it and looking forward to the next
No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic needed 1:46 minutes to beat Sabine
Lisicki 7-6 (4), 6-4 in quarterfinal action at the Guangzhou
International Women's Open in China. The defending champion will
next face Ana Konjuh, who beat American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 7-5.
The other semifinal will feature a pair of three-set winners
Thursday with Lesia Tsurenko taking out fifth-seeded American
Alison Riske 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 and Anett Kontaveit beating Viktorija
Golubic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in 2:20.
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