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Ostapenko outclasses giant-killer Brengle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/01/2017 Angelo Risso
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Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko is through to the ASB Classic semi-finals after trumping American player Madison Brengle 7-5 6-3.

Having defeated superstar Serena Williams on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Brengle started well but faded in the face of Ostapenko's powerful forehand and pace across the court.

The 19-year-old world No.44 will now go on to the semi-finals, where she'll face American Lauren Davis.

However the young gun didn't have it all her own way, getting off to the worst possible start by having her first two service games broken and hitting multiple unforced errors.

Down 3-0 early, Ostapenko finally arose from her slumber, returning fire to take out five consecutive games before serving for the set.

Even then the seventh-seed couldn't close it out immediately, broken again by Brengle before holding serve and breaking to win the first set 7-5.

The second set continued in a similar vein, with Ostapenko breaking early to go 2-0 up before Brengle again broke back.

But from there the match took a decisive turn as Ostapenko raced out to a 5-2 advantage, before securing the match.

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