Cabr­era in Open quar­ter- fi­nals slot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THERE will be at least one Aus­tralian in the last four of the Hong Kong Open with Daria Gavrilova and for­mer Townsville ju­nior Lizette Cabr­era set to do bat­tle in the quar­ter- fi­nals.

World No. 155 Cabr­era, 19, will play the first quar­ter- fi­nal of her ca­reer against topranked Aus­tralian and sev­enth seed Gavrilova. It will be the first meet­ing be­tween the pair.

On the other side of the draw, Samantha Sto­sur – who G a v r i l o v a s u p p l a n t e d to be­come A u s t r a l i a ’ s t o p - r a n k e d wo­man – faces Wang Qiang in the last eight. With sixth seed Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova and Sto­sur the only big guns re­main­ing in Hong Kong, Gavrilova may well fancy her chances of adding to the Con­necti­cut Open she won in Au­gust to break her WTA ti­tle duck.

Cabr­era ad­vanced to the last eight af­ter for­mer world No. 1 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki was forced to pull out of their sec­ond- round clash be­fore a ball had been hit. The Dane saw the doc­tor only min­utes be­fore she pulled the plug.

“I did every­thing I could pos­si­bly to get ready for to­day but un­for­tu­nately I hurt my el­bow dur­ing prac­tice,” Woz­ni­acki said.

Lizette Cabr­era.

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