Barty’s mak­ing progress

Sport360 - - Tennis Shenzhen Open/Wuhan Open - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360

Aus­tralia’s Ash­leigh Barty crushed French Open win­ner Je­lena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-0, cruis­ing into the fi­nal at the Wuhan Open.

Barty, who be­gan the year ranked out­side the top 300, will face Caroline Gar­cia in her first ever Premier 5 tour­na­ment fi­nal af­ter the French player top­pled Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-2 in a one-way semi­fi­nal.

Ostapenko, ranked 10 in the world, strug­gled with a nig­gle to her right wrist and ap­peared tired af­ter tri­umph­ing over world No1 Gar­bine Mugu­ruza in the quar­ters.

“I had no en­ergy,” Ostapenko, 20, said. “I’ve been play­ing so many matches... and yes­ter­day we fin­ished quite late so I didn’t re­ally have enough time to re­cover.”

Barty, ranked 37th in the world, snatched an early break in the first set to lead her nor­mally fiery op­po­nent 2-0. Ostapenko broke back but the Aus­tralian moved ahead again in the sixth game and held on to close the first set in just un­der an hour.

Af­ter break­ing early in the sec­ond, Barty stormed ahead to the fin­ish­ing line in less than 30 min­utes.

Barty had al­ready seen off for­mer world No1 Karolina Pliskova, Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, seeded nine, and Jo­hanna Konta, the fifth seed in a dream run in the Chinese city.

“It’s been an un­be­liev­able week. I’ve played some re­ally good Ten­nis at a re­ally con­sis­tent level through­out the match and haven’t had any real drops,” 21-year-old Barty said.

“I feel like I’m mov­ing well on the court. I feel like I have full con­trol of the ball, which in some con­di­tions it’s re­ally tough to do.”

From A to B: Ash­leigh Barty.

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