Third seed Petra Kvitova defeated France’s Caroline Garcia to progress to the semi-finals of the inaugural Wuhan Open WTA Premier in China.
The Wimbledon champion broke once per set and held all ten of her service games en route to a 6-3 6-4 win over the No. 49th-ranked rising star Garcia.
Czech Republic’s Kvitova is now just two wins from joining Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova on the list of players to have qualified for the WTA Finals. If she wins the title this week she will make the season-finale event.
“Hopefully I’m going to be there,” Kvitova said earlier in the week. “I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Singapore and I think it’s going to be great- I’m really looking forward to it if I qualify.”
Kvitova will face Elina Svitlona in the first semi-final of the Wuhan Open after the Ukrainian provided the only surprise result of Thursday; a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over German seventh seed Angelique Kerber.
Canadian Eugene Bouchard also clinched her semi-final ticket following a fourth round win over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
The sixth seed outlasted Cornet, undermining a second set fightback from a 6-3 5-2 lead to closing out the contest by a narrow margin 6-3, 7-5.
“I feel like I could have closed much better,” she said after the tight second set finish. “There is no excuse for that. That’s something I really need to work on is closing out better in my matches. It’s happened a few times this week.”
Depending on other results, the losing Wimbledon finalist Bouchard could qualify for Singapore if she wins in Wuhan.
Up next for Bouchard is a tie with No. 7-ranked Caroline Wozniacki semi-final after the Dane overcame Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky- Maria Sharapova’s third round conqueror.
Eighth seed Wozniacki came back from dropping the first set to sealing a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win in two hours and seven minutes.