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Svitolina upsets top-ranked Kerber

By The Assam Tribune

BEIJING, Oct 6: Ukrainian Elina Svitolina scored her second win this year over a world number one, ousting Angelique Kerber in the round of 16 here on Thursday.

The 16th-seeded Svitolina beat long-time top-ranked player Serena Williams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and now has beaten the player who replaced her at No. 1 with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

The 22-year-old left Serena Williams in tears in Rio in August, denying the 22-time Grand Slam champion a fifth Olympic gold medal with a straight-sets win.

Kerber, who had her right thigh taped during the match, had a break lead in each set but appeared glued to the baseline and was unable to take control.

Briton Johanna Konta secured her first ever win over US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in a third set tie break, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

With a victory over the sixth-ranked Czech, Konta � currently at number 14 � moves closer to breaking into the top ten for the first time.

The win also moves the 25-year-old into tenth position in the race for the eight-player WTA Finals in Singapore, meaning she could play if one of the eight dropped out.

But if fellow quarterfinalist Petra Kvitova, currently 12th in the race, continues her stellar Asian run, the Briton could be nudged out.

Agnieszka Radwanska secured her second consecutive win over former number one Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarterfinals.

The pair have met three times in as many weeks, with Wozniacki coming out on top in the first encounter in Tokyo.

Wozniacki went on to bag the title in the Japanese capital, but Radwanska ended her seven-match winning streak at last week�s Wuhan Open by ousting the Dane in the round of 16.

Third-ranked Radwanska booked her Beijing quarterfinal spot on the third match point with an impressive run to the net to return a drop shot from the Dane. Wozniacki lobbed the return, but the Pole made it to that one to take the match 6-3, 6-1. � Agencies

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Svitolina upsets top-ranked Kerber

BEIJING, Oct 6: Ukrainian Elina Svitolina scored her second win this year over a world number one, ousting Angelique Kerber in the round of 16 here on Thursday.

The 16th-seeded Svitolina beat long-time top-ranked player Serena Williams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and now has beaten the player who replaced her at No. 1 with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

The 22-year-old left Serena Williams in tears in Rio in August, denying the 22-time Grand Slam champion a fifth Olympic gold medal with a straight-sets win.

Kerber, who had her right thigh taped during the match, had a break lead in each set but appeared glued to the baseline and was unable to take control.

Briton Johanna Konta secured her first ever win over US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in a third set tie break, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

With a victory over the sixth-ranked Czech, Konta � currently at number 14 � moves closer to breaking into the top ten for the first time.

The win also moves the 25-year-old into tenth position in the race for the eight-player WTA Finals in Singapore, meaning she could play if one of the eight dropped out.

But if fellow quarterfinalist Petra Kvitova, currently 12th in the race, continues her stellar Asian run, the Briton could be nudged out.

Agnieszka Radwanska secured her second consecutive win over former number one Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarterfinals.

The pair have met three times in as many weeks, with Wozniacki coming out on top in the first encounter in Tokyo.

Wozniacki went on to bag the title in the Japanese capital, but Radwanska ended her seven-match winning streak at last week�s Wuhan Open by ousting the Dane in the round of 16.

Third-ranked Radwanska booked her Beijing quarterfinal spot on the third match point with an impressive run to the net to return a drop shot from the Dane. Wozniacki lobbed the return, but the Pole made it to that one to take the match 6-3, 6-1. � Agencies

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