Charleston's Shelby Rogers loses to Gavrilova in Hong Kong

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2017

Sharapova, a five-time major-winner, is now ranked a lowly 86 in the world and she needed a wildcard to enter the Tianjin tournament.

The Dane saw the doctor only minutes before she pulled the plug on her evening showcase match-up.

A tearful third seed Wozniacki appeared on center court just after her second-round match against Lizette Cabrera had been due to start to announce she had injured her elbow in practice.

"When I went for wide shots and stretched it, it hurt", Svitolina said after her first round match.

Svitolina herself had stepped in as an eleventh hour replacement for another big name casualty when US Open champion Sloane Stephens withdrew in the week before the tournament.

Williams has already qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore from Oct 22 to 29, along with Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko.

France's Kristina Mladenovic and the UK's Johanna Konta also pulled out in the days leading up to the event.

VENUS WILLIAMS was knocked out in the second round of the Hong Kong Open by 19-year-old Naomi Osaka, BBC Sport reports.

Osaka advanced to face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinal, who posted a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over American Jacqueline Cako.

Australian Samantha Stosur rebounded after dropping the first set to record a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world.

Wang will face Australia's Stosur in Friday for a place in the semifinals and Cabrera, the world No. 155, has an all-Australian last-eight match against Daria Gavrilova, the seventh seed.

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