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Ashleigh Barty downs Daria Gavrilova to enter Sydney International tennis final

Ashleigh Barty came back from a set down to register a win over Daria Gavrilova in the semifinals of the Sydney International tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Jan 12, 2018 16:17 IST
Reuters, Sydney
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Ashleigh Barty defeated Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the Sydney International tennis tournament. (AFP)

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, 58 minutes on Friday to see off the challenge of the Russian-born Gavrilova as both players struggled to hold serve throughout the match.

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Barty held just once in the first set but reversed the momentum in the second when she broke in the ninth game after Gavrilova double faulted twice, which prompted the 23-year-old to smash her racquet in frustration and earn a code violation.

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Barty then broke early in the decider and again in the seventh game to ease to victory and set up a final against Angelique Kerber.

“I certainly shot myself in the foot with my serve,” she said. “But happy to get through in the end and get another opportunity on Saturday.

“Its been a pleasure playing here this week.”

Gavrilova was playing her third successive Australian opponent in Sydney.

She had already beaten Olivia Rogowska in the first round and former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the second and advanced to the semi-finals after Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew with a hip injury.

First Published: Jan 12, 2018 11:30 IST