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Yanina Wickmayer eliminates top seed Peng Shuai in Guangzhou

Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer serves on her way to victory against Peng Shuai in the Guangzhou Open. Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Yanina Wickmayer silenced the Guangzhou Open by sending China's home favourite Peng Shuai crashing out 6-4, 6-4.

The Belgian accounted for the top seed in straight sets -- setting up a quarterfinal clash with France's sixth seed Alize Cornet, who was taken to three sets by Danka Kovinic of Montenegro before prevailing 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.

China's second seed, Zhang Shuai, enjoyed serene progress to the last eight as she annihilated Turkish visitor Ipek Soylu 6-0, 6-0.

Zhang advances to meet Kateryna Kozlova after the Ukrainian also booked her place with a whitewash -- handing home player Han Xinyun a pair of 'bagels'.

The other two quarterfinals see Aleksandra Krunic take on Rebecca Peterson and Evgeniya Rodina face Lizette Cabrera.