Gajdosova’s run comes to an end
Jarmila Gajdosova's five-match winning streak has come to an end at the WTA event in Hong Kong.
Jarmila Gajdosova’s five-match winning streak has come to an end at the WTA event in Hong Kong.
The Australian fell 6-4 6-2 to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in the quarterfinals of the $250,000 tournament.
Karolina Pliskova, seeded third, will be Van Uytvanck’s next opponent; the Czech saw off China’s Zheng Jie easily 6-1 6-3 to reach the semifinals.
“I stand a good chance to be in the final, and maybe winning. But there are still some very good players left and I will have to play well if I’m to win in Hong Kong,” said Pliskova, ranked 36th in the world.
Van Uytvanck will be no walkover as she caused one of the upsets of the competition when she defeated the second seed, Daniela Hantuchova, in round two.
Earlier in the event, Gajdosova, ranked 99th, had won three matches in qualifying before winning two more in the main draw to advance to the last eight.
She next heads to Tokyo for the WTA Pan Pacific Open, a Premier-level event.
Meanwhile, top seed Sabine Lisicki and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will meet in the last four in Hong Kong after winning their quarterfinal matches on Friday.
Lisicki, from Germany, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-3 in rain-interrupted play at the southern Chinese city’s Victoria Park, while Schiavone also triumphed in straight sets.
The 2010 Roland Garros winner needed just over an hour to dispatch seventh-seed Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-2 6-2.