WUHAN – Australia's Ash Barty kept alive her chances of preserving her world number one status at the end of the week after she fought back to beat France's Caroline Garcia 4-6 6-4 6-1 in the second round of the Wuhan Open on Tuesday.
Barty and Karolina Pliskova are in a race to end the week on top of the WTA rankings. As a result of Barty's win on Tuesday, Czech Pliskova needs to reach the semi-finals and advance one round further than the Australian if she is to return to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2017.
Pliskova beat American Amanda Anisimova 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16.
French Open champion Barty was off her game in the opening set which had five breaks of serve in total, with 19 unforced errors handing Frenchwoman Garcia the advantage.
Garcia, who won the title here in 2017, then failed to convert three break points in the first game of the second set which swung the momentum in Barty's favour and the top seed conceded only four more points on serve in the set.