Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Wozniacki upsets Muguruza to reach final of Pan Pacific Open

Wozniacki upsets Muguruza to reach final of Pan Pacific Open

World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza trounced France's Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.

"I was already thinking about going to Wuhan", said Pavlyuchenkova, referring to next week's tournament in China.

The Puerto Rican, who upset Muguruza on her way to winning a shock gold medal at last year's Rio Olympics, fell apart thereafter as her Spanish tormentor turned the screw, bringing the match to a close with an ace after an hour and 14 minutes.

But the German recovered from 6-0, 5-2 down to pinch the second-set tiebreak as Pavlyuchenkova suddenly tightened up, the Russian slamming her racquet to the ground in disgust. Hitting a well-placed lob victor, the Russian easily consolidated the break and soared ahead on the scoreboard.

Muguruza, chasing a third title of the year, roared through the second, a murderous backhand pass giving her a 3-0 lead to effectively kill off any hopes Puig had of mounting a comeback. "But I just kept my head down and stayed aggressive". I think it was going to be a battle. "It's always tough to play against Pliskova, so I was trying to focus on my game".

"I don't know about my arm", she said. She has won at least one title every year since 2008, and is looking to extend that run on Sunday against Pavlyuchenkova.

"I went for my shots and I played well so I was happy with that".

In the Korea Open in Seoul, fourth seed Sorana Cirstea suffered a surprise straight-sets defeat to Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum in the quarter-finals, the Romanian going down 6-3 6-1. The Spaniard broke twice and saved the only break point chance conceded to claim her 44th win of the season.

With all the momentum running in her, Kerber was full of confidence while Pavlyuchenkova completely lost the plot, having no rhythm at all.

The German player needed five match points and one hour and 49 minutes to overcome Pliskova.

Unexpectedly, a changeover was enough to help Pavlyuchenkova regain her composure as she stormed to a love service hold to get onto the scoreboard in the final set, lessening the deficit.

Seventh seed Kerber, another former World No 1, looked in danger of being fed the dreaded "double bagel" after losing the first eight games in the Tokyo sunshine.

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