Caroline Wozniacki dominated 6-2 6-2 Katerina Siniakova to reach her first semifinal at the China Open since her title run in 2010 when she ascended to the top spot in the world rankings for the first time in her career. She will meet Wang Qiang who stunned Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-5 to become the first Chinese player to make the semifinals at the ChinaOpen since Li Na in 2012.
The Dane, making the 12th consecutive appearance at Beijing, reached her first semifinal since the Eastbourne title run in June. Wozniacki preserved her perfect record against Martic in the first round, now going 5-0, then she defeated Kontaveit in straight sets in the round 16 to book her spot in Singapore, where she is the defending champion.
Against Siniakova, she extended to 7-1 her record against qualifiers with the only loss coming last week in Wuhan (l. Puig). Ranked third on the list for most match wins at the China Open with 22, behind A.Radwanska (28 wins) and Kuznetsova (24), Wozniacki claimed the first semifinal on hard court since 2018 Doha in February.
Siniakova, playing her 12th singles match in 15 days, has spent 431 minutes on court this week as she defeated Van Uytvanck, Krunic and No.11 seed Bertens to advance to her first Premier Mandatory quarter-finals. Looking for the third Top 5 victory of her career and best win by rank, Siniakova suffered the third defeat on hardcourts against Wozniacki in her sixth quarterfinal of the season, having also reached this stage or better at Shenzhen (l.
Halep in the final), St. Petersburg (l. Mladenovic in the quarterfinals), Prague (l. Kvitova in the quarterfinals), Nürnberg (l. Larsson in the semifinals) and Wuhan (l. Kontaveit in the quarterfinals). "I think I'm finally feeling better.
I'm feeling like myself. I'm very happy that I've gotten some great tennis in me this week. I think I played really well, probably the best match for me in the tournament. It's exciting to feel like I'm playing well at the end of the year," said Wozniacki.
Sabalenka looked on fire in the first games as she gained a 3-0 lead, but the home favorite broke back with a stunning pass and managed to break back at 3-2. Sabalenka extended her lead to 4-2 but after another shaky service game, she gifted the second break back to the Chinese.
Wang continued to send winners all over the court and clinched the opening set as she blasted an unreturned serve. Wang continued to show unbelievable defending skills in the second set. Sabalenka missed a forehand into the open court at deuce in the tenth game and wasted a chance to move within a point to clinch the second set.
A flawless Wang, whose best result here had been reaching the second round in 2015, was everywhere, had an answer for everything and produced the tenth Top 20 victory of her career. Following the first round performance bye, Wang defeated No.13 Ostapenko in the seventh 6-0 6-0 scoreline on tour this year.
She then beat No.7 Karolina Pliskova for the second consecutive tournament, having also come out victorious in three sets en route to Wuhan semifinals last week, clinching the 30th main draw match win of 2018 season. After her fourth Top 10 career win, she raised to the career-high ranking of No.28, having broken Top 30 after last week’s Wuhan result. Don't stop her now.