Tennis: Angelique Kerber crashes out in China Open third round

Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the China Open by Elina Svitolina, on Oct 6, 2016.
Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the China Open by Elina Svitolina, on Oct 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Beijing (AFP) - Ukrainian Elina Svitolina scored her second win this year over a world No. 1, ousting Angelique Kerber in the round of 16 in Beijing on Thursday.

Nineteenth-ranked Svitolina won 6-3, 7-5.

The 22-year-old left Serena Williams in tears at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, denying the former top-ranked player a fifth Olympic gold medal with a straight set win.

Kerber, who had her right thigh taped, had a break lead in each set but appeared glued to the baseline during the match and was unable to take control.

"I know that I have to move very well when I play my game, and I couldn't play my game like I play," Kerber told reporters after the match.

The German still plans to play in Hong Kong next week as she chases points to end the year at No. 1 - but her right leg may alter her plans.

Briton Johanna Konta secured her first ever win over US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in a three set tie break, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2).

With a victory over the sixth-ranked Czech, Konta - currently at No. 14 - moves closer to breaking into the top 10 for the first time.

The win also moves the 25-year-old into 10th position in the race for the WTA Finals in Singapore. Eight singles players will feature at the prestigious season-ender at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.