Top-ranked Ker­ber loses to Elina Svi­tolina at China Open

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Elina Svi­tolina beat a No. 1ranked player for the sec­ond time this sea­son, oust­ing U.S. Open cham­pion An­gelique Ker­ber from the China Open 6-3, 7-5 yes­ter­day to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The 16th-seeded Svi­tolina de­feated long-time top-ranked player Ser­ena Wil­liams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Au­gust, and now has beaten the player who re­placed her at No. 1.

Ker­ber, who had strap­ping on her up­per right leg, was on a run of 22 wins from 26 matches on the tour. The Ger­man player had a break to lead in both sets but Svi­tolina pro­duced four breaks of serve to keep con­trol and set up a quar­ter­fi­nal match against Daria Gavrilova, who beat Caro­line Gar­cia 6-4, 6-3.

“I was try­ing to think about my next step, what I should try to do,” said Svi­tolina, who held her com­po­sure as Ker­ber saved match points in the last game. “I tried to make my first serve and con­cen­trated on the next shot, but still I was a lit­tle bit shaky.”

Ker­ber said she had pain in her leg, but didn’t think it was a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

“I had my chances for sure, but didn’t take it,” she said. “I made a lot of easy mis­takes. Phys­i­cally I wasn’t 100 per­cent, but I will not say this is the ex­cuse for the loss.”

No. 36-ranked Zhang Shuai had a 6-0, 6-3 win over fourth­seeded Si­mona Halep, who had six dou­ble-faults and was bro­ken five times in a night match. Zhang beat Halep in the first round of the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary and leads their ca­reer head-to-head meet­ings 2-1.

Zhang, who con­tem­plated re­tire­ment last year af­ter a run of losses, will play in the quar­ter­fi­nals against No. 11 Jo­hanna Konta, who beat U.S. Open fi­nal­ist Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 36, 7-6 (2).

In other third-round matches on a rain-interrupted day, third­seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska beat Caro­line Woz­ni­acki 6-3, 6-1 to take the hon­ors in their per­sonal duel in Asian.

Fresh from a run to the U.S. Open semi­fi­nals, Woz­ni­acki beat Rad­wan­ska on the way to win­ning the ti­tle at the Pan-Pa­cific Open in Tokyo last month. But Rad­wan­ska won in back-to-back weeks in China, at Wuhan and now in Bei­jing.

In the men’s draw, se­cond­seeded Rafael Nadal beat qual­i­fier Adrian Man­nar­ino 6-1, 7-6 (6) to ad­vance to a quar­ter­fi­nal match against Grigor Dim­itrov, who ousted sixth-seeded Lu­cas Pouille 6-7 (3), 7-6 (0), 6-4.

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