Prime seed Elina Svitolina has suffered a shock straight-sets exit on the quarter-final stage of the Thailand Open.
Ukrainian world No.Four Svitolina, who dispatched Australian qualifier Storm Sanders within the earlier spherical, slumped 6-2 6-Four to Japan’s Nao Hibino, ranked 80 locations under her, on Friday.
“I am so comfortable to win the match as we speak as a result of she’s one of many high gamers on the earth,” mentioned Hibino, who had by no means beforehand crushed a high 5 participant.
“I have been watching her on TV so many instances so I am so comfortable. I like enjoying right here in Thailand so I wish to keep so long as doable.”
Hibino took management of the match within the opening set and continued her dominance within the second to safe victory in a single hour and 18 minutes, leaving Svitolina to confess she misplaced to a greater participant.
“It was very laborious situations to play and to be honest she performed an incredible match, she went for it on essential factors and received rewarded for it,” the 2018 WTA Finals champion mentioned.
“I want I might play just a little bit higher on the primary set, and I feel this was the important thing, and he or she performed actually unbelievably on the essential moments.”
One other upset noticed 19-year-old Swiss qualifier Leonie Kung energy into the semi-finals in simply her second WTA Tour major draw occasion after defeating third seed Wang Qiang of China 7-5 4-6 6-4.
Polish fifth seed Magda Linette fought again from a set right down to beat the youngest participant within the draw, China’s 18 year-old Xiyu Wang.
She is going to now face Romanian Patricia Maria Tig within the final 4, who battled previous fourth-seeded Chinese language Saisai Zheng.