Sport Barty wins all-Aussie Sydney semi-final

08:49  12 january  2018
08:49  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Ashleigh Barty to meet Daria Gavrilova in Sydney International semis ahead of Australian Open

  Ashleigh Barty to meet Daria Gavrilova in Sydney International semis ahead of Australian Open <p>Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has booked a Sydney International semi-final showdown with compatriot Daria Gavrilova after a convincing win in the last eight.</p>The 19th-ranked Barty showed why she entered the summer as Australia's number one player after dominating an error-prone Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena.

Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to win her all - Australian semi - final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the final of the Sydney International tennis tournament. The 21-year-old needed one hour

After Daria Gavrilova took a fast track to the Sydney International semis with Garbine Muguruza’s withdrawal, Thursday’s quarterfinal action completed the final four as Ashleigh Barty , Angelique Kerber and Camila Giorgi won their quarterfinal matches.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns serve against Daria Gavrilova© Brendan Esposito/AAP Image Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns serve against Daria Gavrilova Ashleigh Barty will compete for just her second career title after defeating compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 in an all-Australian semi-final at the Sydney International.

In a topsy-turvy match on Friday that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set to set up a final against Angelique Kerber or Camila Giorgi.

Her strong campaign is strong preparation for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne, where she opens against world No.69 Aryna Sabalenka.

"It's been a pleasure playing here this week and it's nice getting a bit of confidence going into our biggest tournament for us," Barty said after the match.

The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur

  The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur Only one of them progressed through to the second round of the Australian Open, but both Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur have shown Australia that the future of tennis is very bright indeed. 21-year-old Barty defeated the shrieking Aryna Sabalenka 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to book a second-round match with Italian Camila Giorgi, while 18-year-old De Minaur went down fighting against world no.20 Tomáš Berdych, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.Barty is currently Australia's equal highest ranked tennis player at 17th in the world, sharing that honour with the divisive Nick Kyrgios.

Ash Barty has set up a Sydney International showdown will fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova after The win means Australia's two highest-ranked females will fight it out for a place in the final, with “It was perfect prep going into the French and we will have an all - Aussie semi final which is awesome.

Daria Gavrilova hopes to meet Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International semi - finals – and it's no surprise given her remarkable record against fellow Australians . Since gaining Australian residency in 2013, Russian-born Gavrilova has 12 wins and one loss to compatriots

Nerves allowed both players to draw a break early in the match, however Barty in particular had trouble on serve, holding just once on her way to losing the first set.

The Ipswich product responded by reeling off the first three games of the second, but each time Gavrilova fought back, Barty continued to make inroads into her serve.

Gavrilova's frustration spilled over in the ninth game of the set when, soon after levelling at 4-4, she double-faulted twice and received a code violation for cracking her racquet.

Momentum was well and truly with Barty when she forced a deciding set and broke early in the third. While Gavrilova attempted to stay with Barty, she was broken to love in the seventh game.

Former world No.1 Kerber and Giorgi, a qualifier, meet later on Friday.

Watson suffers Hobart semi defeat .
Heather Watson's run at the Hobart International ended with a semi-final loss to Elise Mertens. Watson has been in excellent form in Tasmania but found defending champion Mertens, the world No 36, ultimately too strong.Watson, who won the title in 2015, fought back well after losing the opening set but Mertens regrouped in the decider and went on to triumph 6-4 1-6 6-2.The British No 2 will now head to Melbourne, where she opens her Australian Open campaign against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva."(It is) just frustrating. Thought I made too many unforced errors," Watson said.


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