Aryna Sabalenka is one win away from defending her Wuhan title after powering past Ash Barty 7-5 6-4 in the semi-finals.
The Belarusian converted three of four break point opportunities to power past the world number one in straight sets to book her place in the Wuhan final.
Although it has been a rough season for Sabalenka, a doubles grand slam seems to have given her a push in the right direction in terms of her singles form.
After the win Sabalenka admitted that this year feels even better than last year when she reached the final, “Of course, I’m happy to be in the final. It was really tough match. I can’t say that we both play on a great level,” Sabalenka said after the match.
Next for Sabalenka will be Alison Riske, who is into her first Premier Five level final after a 7-5 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitová.
The American’s stunning victory sealed her fourth top 10 win in 2019 with wins over Kiki Bertens and Ashleigh Barty among those top 10 wins.