Wuhan Open: Garbine Muguruza loses to Jelena Ostapenko in quarter-finals

Jelena Ostapenko has extended her winning streak to eight matches
Jelena Ostapenko extended her winning streak to eight matches

Spanish world number one Garbine Muguruza is out of the Wuhan Open in China after a quarter-final defeat by eighth seed Jelena Ostapenko.

Muguruza, 23, who needed treatment for a thigh injury before the final set, lost 1-6 6-3 6-2 to the Latvian.

French Open champion Ostapenko, 20, won the last six games to set up a semi-final with Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Barty, the world number 37, beat Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) earlier on Thursday.

Barty, who had previously not defeated a top-five player, failed to convert three match points in the third set but controlled the tie-break to seal victory over the former world number one.

Muguruza started the final set confidently following the medical timeout for a nagging left thigh injury, but Ostapenko proved too strong to clinch the match in just under two hours.

"I think she played very aggressively," Muguruza said. "She had a lot of good shots, especially in the right moments.

"It was three sets and it was tight. I think she's just playing very good with a lot of confidence."

"In the first set I think I really wasn't going for my shots," said Ostapenko. "Then in the second and third sets I started to go for my shots, and change the directions more. I think it helped me pretty well."

Greece's Maria Sakkari, who beat Alize Cornet 7-6 (7-2) 7-5, and Caroline Garcia, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 will contest the other semi-final.

Ashleigh Barty
Barty beat Agnieszka Radwanska and Johanna Konta on her way to the last four in Wuhan
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