Beaten Barty’s fo­cus on Open

The Observer - - SPORTS DIGEST -

TENNIS: Ash­leigh Barty will use her Cana­dian Open semi­fi­nal de­feat as am­mu­ni­tion for her as­sault on the US Open later this month.

The Aus­tralian world No.16 suf­fered a 6-4 6-1 loss to topranked Ro­ma­nian Si­mona Halep, who cruised into her third fi­nal at the WTA Tour event.

Far from be­ing dis­heart­ened by the loss, Barty took the pos­i­tives from a solid week of tennis – a fort­night out from the year’s fi­nal grand slam event.

“A mo­ment to en­joy and learn,” she said via Twit­ter.

Halep will face Sloane Stephens in the fi­nal af­ter she eased past de­fend­ing cham­pion Elina Svi­tolina 6-3 6-3.

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