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Barty time! Aussie upsets Wimbledon champ Kerber in Wuhan

Australian Ashleigh Barty didn't allow Angelique Kerber any momentum as she denied the world number three the chance to narrow the gap on the top ranking held by Simona Halep, who lost her opening match.

Australian Ashleigh Barty takes a selfie with a fan after her victory over Angelique Kerber at the Wuhan Open on 26 September 2018. Picture: @wuhanopentennis/Twitter

WUHAN - In-form Australian Ashleigh Barty said she was hitting top gear as she upset Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-1 to reach the Wuhan Open quarterfinals in China on Wednesday.

Barty didn't allow Kerber any momentum as she denied the world number three the chance to narrow the gap on the top ranking held by Simona Halep, who lost her opening match.

Barty, last year's runner-up in Wuhan, came storming out of the blocks, taking a 3-0 lead in the first set before the German offered some resistance to make it 5-5.

It was a short-lived fightback, however, as Barty, Australia's top-ranked player, quickly regained control to take the first set.

She began the second set even stronger, racing to a 5-0 lead as Germany's Kerber struggled to contain her unforced errors.

The Aussie wrapped up the match in just over 75 minutes, setting up a quarterfinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

"I feel like by far this was my best match," said Barty, who is looking to end the 2018 season on a high.

"I set myself that goal at the start of the year, that I want to stay top-20. I feel like I'm a top-20 player. Obviously, I would love to push towards the top 10," she added.

"It's been a really exciting year and hopefully there is a couple of big tournaments left."

Barty, who won her first tour-level tournament this year in Nottingham, has been in fine form in Wuhan after beating Jo Konta and Zheng Saisai in the first two rounds.

Kerber and Halep's exits have presented an opportunity to world number two Caroline Wozniacki to push towards the top spot as well as qualification for next month's WTA Finals in Singapore.

Six of eight places at the season finale are still up for grabs - only Halep and Kerber have qualified so far.

Wozniacki, this year's Australian Open winner, will face reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig later on Wednesday.

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