The first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina ahead of schedule stopped the fight for the title in the tournament WTA International in Hong Kong.
Svitolina for a spot in the semi-finals competed with the 24-th racket of the world of Wang Qiang, that after the defeat from the Ukrainian in the third round of the US Open had impressive two-month stretch with the title in Guangzhou and semi-finals in Hiroshima, Beijing and Wuhan.
At the start of the match, Svitolina has not implemented a double break point and missed a chance to seize the initiative. Wang Qiang such misfires did not allow the Chinese made three breaks in a row and took the first set.
In the second game to change the course of the match Svitolina failed. With the score 2:5 tennis players because of the rain, left the court and resumed the match this morning. Elina tried to get back in the game but were limited to only one back break.
In the match against Qiang Svitolina has not filed a single ACE, and made 1 double fault, sold 2 out of 4 break points and won only 47% of the balls on the first pass.
Defeat in Hong Kong has significantly complicated the situation by Elina Svitolina in the title race WTA. Before the decisive week of the season, the Ukrainian is at the seventh position, but could miss the Karolina Pliskova and Kiki, Bertens. Svitolina is not declared in any tournament next week, but it may ask a wild card in Moscow or Luxembourg.
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 1) – Wang Qiang (China, 6) – 2:6, 4:6