The Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open has now a complete lineup for this year's semifinal round. Jelena Ostaneko took on Garbine Muguruza in the last rubber of the quarterfinals. A clash between two Grand Slam champions of this season, the blockbuster in Wuhan delivered some outstanding tennis. In the end, the younger player prevailed as Ostapenko stormed past the current world No. 1 in a stunning manner. She will take on Ashleigh Barty for a place in Wuhan final. Moreover, Ostapenko is the last top 10 who is still alive at this Premier 5 event. On the other side, Muguruza joins Karolina Pliskova as the biggest casualties of the day. Still, she will remain on top of the WTA ranking at least one more week.

Despite a slow start, Ostapenko completed another comeback fairytale

The newest member of the WTA top 10, the 20-year-old Latvian is having another surge, this time during the Asian hard court swing. Having one already a title last week in Seoul at a WTA International event, she has now extended her winning streak to eight. Ranked 10th in the world before this event, she can climb as far as world No. 6 if she completes her bid in Wuhan.

Losing the previous two meetings against Muguruza; both occurred on clay in Rome (2016, 2017), the young Latvian tennis star was heading to a similar outcome especially after dropping the inaugural set by 6-1. A poor set of tennis from the 2017 french open winner that had her struggling to put the first serve inside the box. Making five double faults didn't help her cause at all.

Somehow, she managed to get through the second act still alive. The decisive act was all about her raw power that got through Muguruza's defense. Despite losing her serve in the early stages of the set, she bounced back to mount a tremendous run as she went on winning six games in a row to kill the world No. 1 off.

Theoretically, Jelena Ostapenko can end the year as the new world No. 1

The current season is yet to determine its final ruler with several big events yet to be played. Jelena Ostapenko who has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time can climb up the ladder pretty fast. She will have almost nothing to defend until the end of the season will others like Muguruza, Halep, Svitolina or Pliskova.

Given her surreal level of aggressiveness and her early rise to fame, for Ostepenko the sky is the limit. She and Caroline Garcia of France are the only top 20 survivors at Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China.