Williams falls in Hong Kong second round

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2017

The Russian former world No. 1 defeated Magda Linette of Poland 7-5, 6-3 and will play Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele.

Organisers of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open would have been forgiven for thinking they had put their withdrawal woes finally behind them when the action got under way at Victoria Park this week, but there was one more sting in the tail on Thursday when top seed Elina Svitolina pulled out of the tournament citing a leg injury.

Gavrilova is ranked 22nd in the world, while Rogers is ranked 55th.

She saw off 71st-ranked Linette in just over 98 minutes to reach only her second quarterfinal since her return to action.

"But once I broke her early in that second set I played a really good aggressive game and I felt like I had the momentum in the second".

"I thought I was playing pretty well, and genuinely enjoying playing out here", Stosur said after her eight-ace performance.

World No.4 Svitolina, who won the Toronto Masters title in August, was to have faced American Nicole Gibbs, who advanced without firing a shot.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens cried off with an injury after losing in the first round in both Wuhan and Beijing, her only appearances since her Flushing Meadows triumph.

France's Kristina Mladenovic and the UK's Johanna Konta also pulled out in the days leading up to the event.

Williams benefited from a double fault by Osaka to earn the first break of the match, but the 37-year-old was unable to capitalize.

In the quarter-finals, Osaka will meet Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who had beaten Jacqueline Cako 7-6 (7/3), 6-1. On the other side of the draw, Samantha Stosur - who Gavrilova supplanted to become Australia's top-ranked woman - faces Wang Qiang in the last eight.

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