Cabrera in Open quarter- finals slot
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.