Top seed Jelena Ostapenko dispatched Japanese rival Nao Hibino 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday to secure a spot in the Korean Open quarterfinals, as she seeks to move up the world ranking. After holding in the eighth game, Ostapenko won seven in a row and sealed the 39th win of the season striking 23 winners and converting four of seven break point opportunities. She was playing very well, very aggressively.
The second set was more one-way traffic for the Latvian, who broke Veronica Cepede Royg twice at the start of the set, allowing her just one game before closing out her place in the semifinal.
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 will be the first Brazilian to feature in a WTA final since Teliana Pereira in 2015.
Haddad Maia will be her opponent after a comfortable 6-1 7-6 (9-7) triumph over Richel Hogenkamp.