French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko won the “battle of the Grand Slam winners” against Wimbledon champ Garbiñe Muguruza on Thursday at the Wuhan Open.
The Latvian broke Muguruza three times consecutively in the third set to complete a remarkably victory in the quarterfinal of the Wuhan Open, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 within one hour 57 minutes.
The victory is Ostapenko’s first ever win against a reigning World No. 1.
Ostapenko has been in good form of late, winning her first hard court title last week at the Korea Open in Seoul, a three set victory over 21-year-old Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The Roland Garros champion had this to say after the victory: “I’ve played a lot of matches in the last couple of days since Seoul,” but I think it’s even better to play matches because you get used to them, and you’re more confident.”
I will try to recover as fast as I can today and hopefully I can play good tomorrow.”
Muguruza was full of praises for Ostapenko, saying: “I think she played very aggressively. She had a lot of good shots, especially in the right moments I think she picked the good ones and went for it.
Ostapenko will face Ashleigh Barty, who had a similar result against former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, edging the Czech powerhouse, 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).
Ostapenko had this to say about Barty – “I played against her this year in Rome, I think she’s a great player. Still young. Yeah, hopefully if I can show my best tomorrow, we’ll have a good match.”