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Sport Barty powers into WTA Finals title decider

19:28  02 november  2019
19:28  02 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Barty handed tough draw at WTA Tour Finals

  Barty handed tough draw at WTA Tour Finals Ashleigh Barty is poised to become Australia's first year-end world No.1 tennis player since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 but has a tough draw at the WTA Finals.All but guaranteed the year-end world No.1 ranking regardless of her showing in Shenzhen, Barty has been thrust into a devilish pool containing both this year's Australian Open finalists - champion Naomi Osaka and runner-up Petra Kvitova - plus Swiss prodigy Belinda Bencic.

Barty isn’t giving her even a glimpse of a way back into this match, powering to a comfortable hold. The No 1 gets in behind a net-cord bounce, then powers down a first serve to back up her break. Barty is still aiming to finish on a high with the WTA Finals title in China, and can secure top spot in

Ash Barty dismisses Petra Kvitova to reach the last four in Shenzhen after Sam Stosur reaches the doubles semis alongside Zhang Shuai. World No.1 Ash Barty scored a crushing win over Petra Kvitova to book her place in the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the WTA Finals Tennis Tournament at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) © AP Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the WTA Finals Tennis Tournament at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Ashleigh Barty is one tantalising win away from banking the biggest cheque in tennis history after scrapping her way into the final of the prestigious season-ending championships in Shenzhen.

Barty doggedly staved off 11 break points in a gritty 4-6 6-2 6-3 semi-final victory over world No.2 Karolina Pliskova to book a title decider on Sunday against defending champion Elina Svitolina.

Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener

  Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has all but secured her year-end world No.1 ranking after beating Belinda Bencic 5-7 6-1 6-2 in her WTA Finals opener.Unless disaster strikes and she can't walk on court again this week and Karolina Pliskova takes the title, Barty's 5-7 6-1 6-2 win over Belinda Bencic on Sunday night earned the 23-year-old a place in tennis history as the first Australian woman to finish a season in top spot since rankings were introduced in 1973.

Ashleigh Barty needed all day to book her spot in the biggest final of her career at the Miami Open. Barty walked away from tennis about five years ago, saying she was basically burned out at 17. Barty will play fifth-seed Karolina Pliskova in the decider after Simona Halep's chanc

Barty will play either world No.2 Karolina Pliskova or Wimbledon champion Simona Halep - who clash on Friday night - for a spot in the title decider . Bencic's reward for making the semi- finals on debut, like Barty , is a showdown with defending champion Elina Svitolina, the Purple Group winner after not

Svitolina was leading Belinda Bencic 5-7 6-3 4-1 in Saturday night's first semi when the Swiss retired in tears.

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After receiving a medical time-out in the opening set for treatment for a hamstring injury, Bencic spent much of the remainder of match sobbing through the pain before eventually calling it quits.

Barty spent much of her match under the pump.

But, as she has done so often this year, the world No.1 raised her game when it mattered to pull out a tour-best 13th comeback win of the season from a set down.

Barty graciously credited coach Craig Tyzzer for helping her turn the match around.

"Tyzz came up with some really good change-ups at the start of the second set there and we were able to get a bit of a roll on," the top seed said after crunching 11 aces and breaking the tour's biggest server three times in the final two sets.

"I felt like that whole match was an incredibly high level. I didn't do much wrong in the first set and I'm just really pleased to get another chance to play out here."

The 23-year-old is the first Australian woman to make the final of the season-ending showpiece since Evonne Goolagong Cawley lost to Martina Navratilova in 1978.

If she wins, Barty will be Australia's first champion since Goolagong Cawley, who captured the trophy twice, in 1974 and 1976.

The French Open champion would also pocket $US4,420,000 ($A6.4 million) prize money for the week.

Barty, though, will need to reverse a run of five losses from five meetings with Svitolina, whose victory over Bencic was also the Ukrainian's 10th consecutive win at the WTA Finals.

Svitolina marched to the title last year in Singapore without dropping a match and is threatening to repeat the feat in China.

"It's a match where I can come out here and enjoy. I've got nothing to lose," Barty said ahead of her sixth final of a phenomenal season.

"I get to come out and enjoy and try and end my regular season really well.

"It's an opportunity against an extremely tough player who obviously knows how to win and who enjoys these situations.

"It's a match I'm looking forward to and I can't wait to get back out here."

Should she lift the trophy unbeaten, eighth-seeded Svitolina would collect $US4.725 million ($A6.84 million).

Whether it's Barty or Svitolina who prevails, no two women or two men have ever squared off for such riches in more than 50 years of professional tennis.

Mladenovic upsets Barty to give France 2-1 Fed Cup final lead .
Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2-1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer to a first title since 2003. Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2-1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer to a first title since 2003.

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