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2019 Sydney International
Women's singles, semi-final
Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney
Ashleigh Barty vs Kiki Bertens
Ashleigh Barty will be gunning for a second straight Sydney International final when she takes on Kiki Bertens in the first semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEDT).
Barty has had a stunning start to the summer of tennis, and after beating world No.12 Elise Mertens yesterday, has pulled off two upsets in a row against some of the best players in the world to keep the Sydney dream alive.
After falling to Angelique Kerber in last year’s final, she could be on a collision path with the same opponent in this year’s final if she wins today.
The biggest victory of her summer so far though was not yesterday, but rather, against Simona Halep in the second round. Granted, it was the world No.1’s first match of the year and in both hot and humid conditions, but Barty was on fire.
With the odd exception and slight lapse in concentration, her level of play was phenomenal throughout in both of those matches, as it was at the Hopman Cup when she came away with another upset, beating the power of Garbine Muguruza.
Bertens has also had a good start to the season, but will be looking for improvement, not only to get the better of Barty, but to ensure she goes to Melbourne for the Australian Open in good condition.
The Dutchwoman started her season in Brisbane and looked a bit rusty. While a three-set win over Mertens was good, her loss to Donna Vekic in the next round wasn’t so.
Here in Sydney, she avoided Garbine Muguruza in the second round by walkover and has otherwise had a pair of straight-set victories, but the calibre of opponents is well below what she will get when she faces Barty.
Still, the qualities of the World No.9 are undeniable and at 27, she had experience on her side, but form suggests this will be an uphill battle.
In their previous two meetings, Barty took victories on both occasions, including a straight-set beating in the quarter-finals at Montreal last year.
Barty is in incredible form leading up to the Australian Open, and while Bertens will probably take this match right to the death, the Australian should get through to another final in Sydney.
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