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No. 84 Hibino stuns top seed Svitolina for first Top 5 win in Hua Hin
“Elina is one of the best players in the world in the world. I’ve watched her play on TV so many times," said Hibino.
Published Feb 14, 2020
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Nao Hibino advanced to the semifinals of the Thailand Open by beating fourth-rankedo 4 Elina Svitoline ,6-4, 6-2, on Friday.
It was the 84th-ranked Japanese player's first win over a top-five player.
“Elina is one of the best players in the world in the world," said Hibino, a two-time champion on the WTA Tour. "I’ve watched her play on TV so many times."
Also, Magda Linette defeated 18-year-old Chinese player Xiyu Wang 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“It was too fast for me at the beginning. But I tried to stay close with her, playing point by point and waited for my chance,” Linette said.
The 42nd-ranked Pole will next face Patricia Maria Tig, who defeated fourth-seeded Saisai Zheng 6-4, 6-2.