Top-seeded Svitolina reaches Hong Kong Open quarterfinals

Top-seeded Svitolina reaches Hong Kong Open quarterfinals
FILE - Elina Svitolina of Ukraine returns the ball to Qiang Wang of China during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

HONG KONG (AP) — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina reached the Hong Kong Open quarterfinals by beating Japanese qualifier Nao Hibino 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday.

Svitolina, who is in the hunt to earn one of the three remaining spots for the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore, will next play sixth-seeded Wang Qiang. The Chinese player defeated Christina McHale 7-5, 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Daria Gavrilova also advanced, beating Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3).

Both players struggled with their serve, resulting in a combined 39 break-point opportunities in the match. Gavrilova broke serve on nine of her 18 chances, while Niculescu converted nine of 21.

Gavrilova will next face Zhang Shuai, who defeated Dutch qualifier Lesley Kerkhove 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1.

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