Zhuhai - Julia Goerges beat top seed Kristina Mladenovic
6-2, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals and send the
Frenchwoman tumbling out of the world top 10 on Friday.
The number seven seed joins American CoCo Vandeweghe,
Australia's Ashleigh Barty, and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the race to
the final in Zhuhai, southern China.
Mladenovic needed a straight-sets win to reach the semis but
instead went down in one hour, 36 minutes, ceding her number 10 ranking to
America's CoCo Vandeweghe.
It ends a career-high season for Mladenovic, now world
She finished 2016 ranked 42nd but won her first tour title
in St Petersburg and reached three other finals this year.
Later China's number one player Peng Shuai downed Elena
Vesnina 6-2, 1-0 after the Russian was forced to retire due to injury.
But despite her win, the round robin format of the
tournament means Peng, a wildcard entry making her debut in Zhuhai, will not go
through to the semis.
The 25-year-old, the oldest player in the tournament, lost
to Vandeweghe earlier in the week.