HIROSHIMA, Japan – No.4 seed Wang Qiang made short work of No.8 seed Magda Linette as she progressed to the semifinals of the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open.
After losing the opening couple of games, Wang powered through to take the next eight in succession and took command of the match. From that position, there was no shaking the 26-year-old Chinese, who will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Hsieh Su-Wei in the final four.
Linette made a positive start to the match and even went a break up early on, but Wang was able to keep her at an arm’s length thereafter, with the Pole’s first serve deserting her as the first set slipped tamely away.
To compound her problems, Linette lost the opening couple of games of the second set. Thereafter, she became more competitive as her fight returned along with her serve, but her opponent was able to see the match out in a comfortable fashion after a brief rain delay stopped her charge at 4-2 up.
Indeed, she was still the better player after that stoppage and broke her opponent before being made to fight on her own serve to see the match out, having been forced to deuce.