Ashleigh Barty advances into strong China Open quarter-finals line-up

Ashleigh Barty forehand in China

Top seed Ashleigh Barty has added her name to an impressive China Open quarter-finals line-up after battling past Zheng Saisai in Beijing. 

The world number one has an impressive record against Chinese opposition, and she added Zheng to the list with a  6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 win – her 50th on the WTA Tour of 2019.

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu progressed after the Canadian defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3 7-6 (5).

Fifth seed Andreescu extended her undefeated streak to 16 matches after beating the world number 23 in just under two hours.

American qualifier Jennifer Brady came from behind to knock out 11th seed Madison Keys, defeating her compatriot 2-6 6-4 6-4 to secure a meeting with Andreescu

Wednesday’s late match saw third seed Elina Svitolina come through in three sets against American Sofia Kenin, winning 6-3 6-7 (8) 6-3.

Earlier, Czech player Petra Kvitova, the seventh seed, saw off Switerzland’s Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-3.

Dutch eighth seed Kiki Bertens needed three sets to get past Polona Hercog 7-6 (6) 2-6 6-3.

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