Thailand Open 2020: Nao Hibino enters semi-finals with straight-sets win over Elina Svitolina

It was the first win over a top-five player for 84th-ranked Nao Hibino

The Associated Press February 14, 2020 18:57:58 IST
Thailand Open 2020: Nao Hibino enters semi-finals with straight-sets win over Elina Svitolina
  • Nao Hibino advanced to the semi-finals of the Thailand Open by beating fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2 on-Friday

  • It was the 84th-ranked Japanese player's first win over a top-five player

  • Also, Magda Linette defeated 18-year-old Chinese player Xiyu Wang 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Hua Hun: Nao Hibino advanced to the semi-finals of the Thailand Open by beating fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2 on-Friday.

It was the 84th-ranked Japanese player's first win over a top-five player.

“Elina is one of the best players in the world in the world," said Hibino, a two-time champion on the WTA Tour. "I’ve watched her play on TV so many times."

Also, Magda Linette defeated 18-year-old Chinese player Xiyu Wang 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“It was too fast for me at the beginning. But I tried to stay close with her, playing point by point and waited for my chance,” Linette said.

The 42nd-ranked Pole will next face Patricia Maria Tig, who defeated fourth-seeded Saisai Zheng 6-4, 6-2.

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