Seoul - Top seed Jelena Ostapenko surged past Veronica
Cepede Royg 6-3, 6-1, on Friday to reach the final four at the WTA Korea Open
as she continues a storming run of matches.
The French Open champion has not dropped a set since
becoming the first Latvian to break into the WTA Top 10 when she advanced into
10th place earlier this month.
Cepede Royg battled hard to keep things close for much of
the opening set, but Ostapenko was able to pull away, striking 23 winners and
converting four of seven break point opportunities.
"It was a tough match. She was playing very well, very
aggressively. I just tried to play my game," Ostapenko said after the
The 20-year-old now finds herself her two wins away from
what would be the first non-Slam singles title of her career.
She is now set to face surging Thai qualifier Luksika
Kumkhum, who barrelled her way into her first WTA semi-final since Osaka 2014
with a 6-3, 6-3 upset over No 4 seed Sorana Cirstea.
Elsewhere, Dutch No 2 Richel Hogenkamp saw off 19-year-old
Australian qualifier Priscilla Hon 6-3, 6-4 to move into her maiden WTA
Results from the fourth day of the Korea Open WTA tournament on Friday (x denotes seeding):
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x1) bt Vernica Cepede (PAR) 6-3, 6-1
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM x4) 6-3, 6-1
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) bt Sara Sorribes (ESP) 6-4, 6-4
Richel Hogenkamp (NED) bt Priscilla Hon (AUS) 6-3, 6-4