Simona Halep sailed into the China Open semi-finals on Friday to further close in on the World No 1 ranking.
Halep’s quarter-final opponent Daria Kasatkina proved no match for the Romanian on the day, going down 6-2, 6-1 in just 70 minutes.
With current World No 1 Garbine Muguruza forced to pull out of the event earlier in the week due to a virus, it has given Halep the chance to unseat her at the top of the rankings, should she go all the way in Beijing this week.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 6, 2017
Awaiting her in the semi-finals is ninth seed Jelena Ostapenko, the young Latvian who sensationally defeated Halep in the French Open final earlier in the year.
Ostapenko defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in her quarter-final on Friday.
The second semi-final sees two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova take on last week’s champion in Wuhan, Caroline Garcia.
Kvitova was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Barbora Strycova, while Garcia fought back from a set down to defeat Elina Svitolina 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).
Outlasts Svitolina 6-7, 7-5, 7-6! pic.twitter.com/1atcgfb8sL
— WTA (@WTA) October 6, 2017