Anastasija Sevastova fought her way past Wang Qiang, securing victory to claim her place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semifinals.
WTA Staff

DUBAI, UAE -Anastasija Sevastova

fought her way past Wang Qiang, securing victory 6-4, 7-5 to claim her place in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

"I am very happy how I played the last game - it was great," the Latvian told press after winning in an hour and 21 minutes.

Currently ranked No.35, she will reach a career high on Monday after her campaign in Dubai.

Yet she had struggled to dominate this quarterfinal thanks to her opponent's battling spirit, and it was Wang who struck first, breaking serve to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

The 26-year-old hit right back, though, and went on to take the first set - but Wang was not ready to give up. Even after falling behind by a break of serve in the second set, she clawed her way right back into it to level up at 5-5.

Despite the Chinese player's determination, Sevastova eventually managed to serve it out on her third match point to secured herself a deserved semifinal berth against either CiCi Bellis or Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm going to watch the match," Sevastova added. "CiCi played an amazing match yesterday, Caroline has a perfect record against me...we'll see how it is tomorrow."