Pliskova and Sabalenka reach Tianjin Open quarterfinals

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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a return shot while competing against Wang Qiang of China in their third round women's singles match in the China Open at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Pliskova and Svitolina secure spots at WTA Finals

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a return shot while competing against Wang Qiang of China in their third round women's singles match in the China Open at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

TIANJIN, China (AP) -- Karolina Pliskova and Aryna Sabalenka both moved closer to a spot in the WTA Finals by reaching the quarterfinals at the Tianjin Open on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Pliskova beat Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-2, while the fourth-seeded Sabalenka defeated Magda Linette 6-1, 6-3.

Pliskova, who saved the one break point she faced in the final game of the match, is 4-1 against Hercog and now in eighth place in the race to qualify for Singapore.

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Sabalenka is trying to qualify for the year-end WTA Finals for the first time.

Also, fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei defeated Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, and sixth-seeded Petra Martic ousted Chinese wild-card entry Liu Fangzhou 1-6, 6-0, 6-1.

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