Barty best of the Aussies in Sydney

Barty best of the Aussies in Sydney

Barty will play in her first home WTA final on Saturday after she beat compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber continued her strong start to the season by advancing to the Sydney International semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday.

It is an impressive start to the new year for Kerber, having won her four matches at last week's mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth before her three victories in Sydney.

In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set.

Sep 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Sloane Stephens of the United States hits a forehand against Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) on day five of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Gavrilova's frustration with her own serving became evident in the ninth game of the set when, soon after leveling at 4-4, she double-faulted twice and received a code violation for smashing her racket.

Medvedev will meet Australian teenager Alex de Minaur or Benoit Paire of France.


Kerber, who began past year as No 1 before finishing at No.22, continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi, ending the Italian qualifier's run of six wins in the tournament.

Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini set up a semi-final against qualifier Daniil Medvedev following a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-4), 6-2 marathon against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Standing between the Belgian and the retention of the title is Mihaela Buzarnescu, the Romanian reaching the final with a 6-2 6-2 defeat of Lesia Tsurenko.

Watson, a qualifier, hadn't dropped a main-draw set until running into second-seeded Mertens.

"I feel like I can fly under the radar a little bit more maybe than other years, but when you are playing well and have that better number next to your name, that is obviously a great thing". Giorgi beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2.

Del Potro's form in Auckland this week has been outstanding and he has shown no signs of a wrist injury which has dogged his career.

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