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Make it reign: Barty to continue as world No.1

Ashleigh Barty will remain unchallenged as the world No.1 for now after winning through to the Wuhan Open quarter-finals – a feat not matched by her rival for the top spot, Karolina Pliskova.

Barty fended off a late comeback attempt by American Sofia Kenin to reach the last eight in China, while second seed Pliskova was knocked out in straight sets by Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska.

Ashleigh Barty has ensured she will retain the world's top ranking after reaching the Wuhan quarter-finals.

Ashleigh Barty has ensured she will retain the world’s top ranking after reaching the Wuhan quarter-finals.Credit:Getty

After cruising through the first set without any trouble, Barty fought back from a break down in the next, saving two set points to overcome Kenin 6-3, 7-5 for her third win over the 20-year-old Guangzhou champion in four meetings this season.

Next up for the Australian top seed will be Croatia’s Petra Martic, who defeated qualifier Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-1.

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