Hsieh, Garcia to meet in semis

FINALS RACE: Alexander Zverev booked a spot in the ATP Finals by reaching the last four in Shanghai, where he is to face fellow Finals qualifier Novak Djokovic

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 13, 2018
By: Reuters, with staff writer

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday advanced to the Tianjin Open semi-finals in China, after

Hsieh Su-wei returns to Elise Mertens in their Tianjin Open singles quarter-final yesterday in Tianjin, China.  Photo: AFP

Belgian Elise Mertens retired at 6-2, 4-0.

Mertens cited a right arm injury for stopping the match.

The fifth seed is next to face Caroline Garcia of France after her sixth-seeded opponent, Croatian Petra Martic, retired trailing 6-2, 1-0.

Meanwhile, top seed Karolina Pliskova overcame a slow start to put away Britain’s Katie Boulter 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, improving her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Pliskova, currently eighth in the Race to Singapore standings, is battling for one of the three available spots in the season-ending tournament starting on Oct. 21

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