The ex-Wimbledon and French Open champion still has two more tournaments to play this season, which she said she was happy with despite her Grand Slam highlight being a semi-final finish at Roland Garros. "Yesterday she was playing really great tennis - I was missing a lot, my game was really off".
In the match against Qiang Svitolina has not filed a single ACE, and made 1 double fault, sold 2 out of 4 break points and won only 47% of the balls on the first pass. Earlier this fall she won the Nanchang and Guangzhou trophies.
Zhang, who has won two career WTA singles titles and was knocked out of Beijng by Japan's Naomi Osaka at the quarter finals, will be favourite to win against 18-year-old Yastremska, now ranked 102. The Chinese played with objective and precision from start to finish to overwhelm No. 7 seed Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-3, to move safely through to her first semifinal here in Hong Kong.
"But if before the match you think it s going to be really hard you up your focus, and when you go on court you stay more dedicated to each point, that s what helped me to stay that calm during the whole match". "Daria played very well, but I was able to focus on each point at a time, and gave a good performance to get the win", said Zhang.
"The last game, I don't even remember", said Yastremska. It's just a process of keep getting into those moments, get it my way.
Svitolina, one of five players chasing the last three spots at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, hadn't dropped a set in two matches heading into the quarterfinal. Wang was serving for the match at 5-2 in the second set when the heavens opened Friday evening.
"The crowds were supporting me so I felt that energy and I was very motivated to come back".
The victory, in which she posted 33 winners to 21 unforced errors, will move the 102nd-ranked Yastremska to a new career high ranking in the top 80 when the next rankings are released on Monday. "I wasn't able to bring my A game today".