Aussie Barty has ti­tle on home soil within sight

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Ash­leigh Barty reached her first WTA Tour fi­nal on home soil at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional.

The 21-year-old is the home coun­try’s lead­ing fe­male hope for the Aus­tralian Open and she re­cov­ered from a set down to de­feat coun­try­woman Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Barty said on wtaten­nis.com: “I’d love to go one fur­ther and hold the tro­phy up here. I love play­ing in Aus­tralia, I love play­ing at home. It’s nice to be able to get a lot of matches here and be re­warded with the fi­nal.”

If Barty is to lift the tro­phy she must do what no other player has been able to do so far this sea­son and beat for­mer world num­ber one An­gelique Ker­ber.

Elise Mertens, mean­while, beat Heather Wat­son 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 at the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional and will face Ro­ma­nia’s Mi­haela Buzarnescu, who reached her first WTA Tour fi­nal with a 6-2, 6-2 vic­tory over fifth seed Le­sia Tsurenko.

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