Wang Qiang downs Svitolina for biggest win of the year
HONG KONG: Chinese number one Wang Qiang wrapped up the biggest win of her season after an overnight rain delay forced her to wait to claim victory over world number five Elina Svitolina at the Hong Kong Open.
She needed just 10 minutes on court yesterday to end the Ukrainian’s resistance, sealing the 6-2, 6-4 quarter final win with an ace.
The 26-year-old was serving for the match at 5-2 in the second set when the heavens opened on Friday evening.
Svitolina, the tournament’s top seed, was Wang Qiang’s highest-ranked top 10 scalp this year.
She was unable to capitalise on her stay of execution despite breaking Wang Qiang to go 3-5 and then holding her own serve.
The Rome champion, who had been hoping to sew up qualification in Hong Kong for the WTA Finals, said yesterday that she was “fighter” and had come back on court believing he still had a chance.