Taiwan Open: Svitolina scrambles to semis

Top-seed Elina Svitolina, ranked 168 places above her unfancied opponent, raced through the first set in just 27 minutes, but had to stave off a brave comeback from Ons Jabeur to triumph 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

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Elina Svitolina staved off four match points before defeating qualifier Ons Jabeur in the quarterfinals.

Elina Svitolina saved four match points to avoid a shock quarterfinal defeat to qualifier Ons Jabeur at the Taiwan Open.

Top-seed Svitolina, ranked 168 places above her unfancied opponent, raced through the first set in just 27 minutes, but had to stave off a brave comeback from Jabeur to triumph 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

In an erratic decider, Svitolina staved off a quartet of match points when serving at 5-3 down, and Jabeur twice failed to serve out the match before being outplayed in the tie-break.

"I think Ons played unbelievable," Svitolina said after the win. "I think I got a little bit lucky towards the end because she was playing so amazing."

Mandy Minella awaits in the semifinals after she came from behind to defeat Zhu Lin 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

On the other side of the draw, second seed Sam Stosur - who fought back against Dalila Jakupovic in the previous round - saw her hopes ended by Peng Shuai in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat, while sixth seed Misaki Doi - a runner-up 12 months ago - crashed out 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) to Lucie Safarova.

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