Elina Svitolina and Ash Barty will meet in Sunday’s final in Shenzhen but the Saturday has been dominated by yet another injury!
This time sadly a set up it was Belinda Bencic who saw her match come to a quicker end than anticipated after winning the first set 7-5.
Belinda had the trainer on for her back and was suffering from cramp but couldn’t continue down 7-5 3-6 1-4 to defending champion Elina Svitolina.
The second match of the day saw a first meeting in 2019 between the world number one and number two ranked player on the WTA tour.
Karolina Pliskova showed why she is so dangerous with a dominating early display against Ash Barty.
The problem was the Czech number one ran out of ideas… Pliskova won 6 of the first 10 games before going onto win just 5 of the next 17 against the world number one.
Pliskova just couldn’t deal with the variety Ash brought into the match, the slice took her apart and hitting from the Czech became lazy!
Elina Svitolina leads the head to head at 5-0 with Ash Barty going into Sunday’s final.
Will it be the defending champion on Sunday or the world number one debutant walking away with the title?