Barty and Ben­cic en­ter WTA semis in Shen­zhen

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World No1 Ash­leigh Barty and Belinda Ben­cic both ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nals af­ter con­trast­ing vic­to­ries at the WTA Fi­nals in China on Thurs­day. Barty pro­gressed from the round-robin stage with a crush­ing 6-4, 6-2 win over Pe­tra Kvi­tova in one hour and 28 min­utes at the Shen­zhen Bay Sports Cen­tre. Ben­cic pre­vailed 7-5, 1-0 in 61 min­utes af­ter late re­place­ment Kiki Bertens re­tired ill. Bertens re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion af­ter the open­ing game of the sec­ond set, where her blood pres­sure and pulse were checked, be­fore be­com­ing the sec­ond player in the tour­na­ment to re­tire mid­match af­ter Bianca An­dreescu with­drew against Karolina Pliskova on Wed­nes­day.

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