Pliskova cruises to last eight in China

Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova reached the last eight at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open with a straight-sets victory over hometown favourite Wang Qiang on Wednesday.

Czech star Pliskova was a convincing winner beating Wang of China 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes.

Pliskova dominated proceedings throughout, beaking broke serve four times and never faced a break point on her own serve, to set up a quarter-final clash against Australian Ashleigh Barty.

In a great power performance, the 25-year-old Pliskova hit 23 winners with just seven unforced errors, to overwhelm her opponent from the baseline.

In the opener, Wang briefly stayed with Pliskova early on but lost her serve at love to fall behind 3-1 and end up losing the set 6-2.

There was no let-up in the next set as Pliskova claimed Wang's serve in the fourth and sixth games, to serve out the set and match 6-1 in convincing fashion.

"I felt great today, I think it was the perfect match from the first point. I almost didn't miss anything so…I'm really happy with my game today," Pliskova said after the match.

Spain's world No.1 Garbine Muguruza reached the last eight when she fought off the challenge of Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in just under two hours.   

In other results, Unseeded Australian, Ashleigh Barty, caused an upset when she came from a set down to defeat ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 to reach her fifth quarter-final of the year.

Latvian eighth seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

In an all-Russian clash, Ekaterina Makarova got the better of Daria Kasatkina, winning 6-4, 6-4.

Unseeded Maria Sakkari of Greece caused an upset when she defeated Russian 16th seed Elena Vesnina 7-6(6), 7-5 in just over two hours.

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