Unseeded Alison Riske roared past third-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the semifinals at the Wuhan Open in China.
Riske saved four of five break points and collected her third top 10 win of the year. She will take on two-time tournament champion and No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic for a berth in the final. Kvitova was a 6-2, 6-4 winner against Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine.
The other semifinal pits defending champion and No. 9 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus against No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. Barty outlasted Croatia’s Petra Martic 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3 and Sabalenka defeated Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
No. 5 seed Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic ousted top-seeded Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Uzbekistan.
Pliskova struck 15 aces and won 81 percent of her first-service points. She will face No. 3 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, a 6-2, 6-4 winner against France’s Pauline Parmentier.
In the other half of the draw, No. 8 seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania overcame Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, and Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska crushed Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya 6-0, 6-2.
—Field Level Media