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WTA HONG KONG: Pavlyuchenkova beats Gavrilova in a thriller,wins 11th title

16 October 2017
WTA HONG KONG: Pavlyuchenkova beats Gavrilova in a thriller,wins 11th title

Daria Gavrilova of Australia returns a shot during the final match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation celebrates after defeated Daria Gavrilova of Australia winning the final match at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament in Hong Kong, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

Australia's Daria Gavrilova reached the semi-finals for the second year in succession after a second-set meltdown and an error-strewn win against teenager Lizette Cabrera.

Seventh seed Gavrilova fought back from a deficit to win the marathon opening set 7-5, but was unable to do the same in the second, as her opponent levelled the match with a 6-3 winning set.

"I'm just happy to finally finish this match in brutal conditions", said Pavlyuchenkova after being presented with the trophy.

And Pavlyuchenkova only had herself to blame for not getting the job done earlier after racing into a 3-0 lead when the match eventually began at 9:18 p.m. after a near five-hour delay.

Both women were under time constraints as they play next week in Moscow.

She was broken back in the eighth game for 4-4 as the set briefly returned to level-pegging. Finding her stride, Gavrilova took the opener.

Pavlyuchenkova is seeded fifth in Moscow while Gavrilova takes the sixth seeding in an event where weekend Tianjin victor Maria Sharapova will be playing as a wildcard.