Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza latest to be sent packing


The seeds continue to tumble out of the Wuhan Open with Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza the latest to lose.

Second-seeded Wozniacki, third seed Kerber and 14th-seeded Muguruza’s departures mean the 16th-seeded Ashleigh Barty is last seeded player left standing.

Australian Open champion Wozniacki was beaten by Rio Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig with the Puerto Rican winning 7-6 (12-10), 7-5 to reach her first WTA Premier 5 quarter-final.

Puig will take on Qiang Wang for a place in the semi-final after the Chinese player beat Daria Gavrilova from Australia 7-5, 6-3.

Muguruza was defeated by Katerina Siniakova with the Czech winning 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-1) to set up a clash against Anett Kontaveit.

Last year’s Wuhan Open runner-up Barty reached the last eight with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber.

“[I played] very well here last year, and it was an amazing week with some amazing memories,” the Australian said. “It’s nice to be back on this beautiful center court, playing some good tennis and getting further and further into the tournament.”

She will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next after the Russian secured a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over fifth seed Petra Kvitova.

The 13th seed Daria Kasatkina also lost as she went down 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) against Dominika Cibulkova, who faces Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter-finals.

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