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Muguruza stays number one despite Ostapenko defeat

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101   //    28 Sep 2017, 22:50 IST
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Spain's Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza held on to her status as world number one despite a quarter-final defeat to Jelena Ostapenko at the Wuhan Open on Thursday.

Simona Halep's challenge for top spot had been ended in the second round, but Karolina Pliskova remained a threat until she was beaten by Ashleigh Barty earlier in the day.

And it was just as well for Muguruza that the Czech lost her last-eight clash, as she threw away the advantage to lose 1-6 6-3 6-2 to French Open champion Ostapenko.

Muguruza dominated the first set, losing the opening game before reeling off six in succession to race into the lead.

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However, the Wimbledon winner came under severe pressure on her own serve in the second and - in an almost a complete reversal of the first - she managed to hold on just one occasion.

It was a similar story in the decider, too. After opening with a break, Muguruza lost her way as Ostapenko grew in confidence.

The Latvian won a superb six in a row to wrap up the match and her first victory over Muguruza in three attempts.

Ostapenko will meet Australian Barty in the semi-finals.

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