Pavlyuchenkova, Gavrilova advance to Hong Kong semis

Samantha Stosur during her quarter-final loss at the Hong Kong Open

Typhoon Khanun is placing at risk the final of the Hong Kong Open, meaning Daria Gavrilova may not even get on court.

Gavrilova is chasing a second title of the season and her career after her triumph at the Connecticut Open in August, having earlier lost to compatriot Samantha Stosur in her only other final of the year in Strasbourg.

The No.6 seed from Russian Federation beat No.7 seed Daria Gavrilova of Australia, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3), in a match that included numerous twists and turns, and finally went down to the wire, ending at 1:00 a.m. local time on Monday morning, after over three hours of play.

"I feel like today was my best performance since I've been in Asia", said a delighted world number 22 Gavrilova, who broke the American's serve seven times on the way to a dominant win.

"It was not easy mentally as this morning we were not sure if we were going to play or not", the 26-year-old said.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised a "T8" typhoon warning at 8:40 am (0040 GMT), bringing much of the city's infrastructure to a standstill.

The windy conditions made late-night play hard at both ends of the court with a total of 103 unforced errors - 62 by Pavlyuchenkova.

Osaka ousted Venus Williams but couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and served nine double faults. Seventh-seeded Gavrilova fought back to break Pavlyuchenkova in the seventh game and again in the ninth when Pavlyuchenkova was serving for the set.

She took out her frustration on the crowd, her father, coach Alexei Gavrilov and the line judges, unleashing a verbal tirade.



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