(ADELADE) World number one Ashleigh Barty, already back on top after her 2021 season was suspended last September, will play on Sunday in the WTA 500 final in Adelaide against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.
The Australian beat Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals on Saturday (9e world), Roland Garros 2020 winner, 6-2, 6-4. Rybakina (14eMeanwhile, I eliminate Japanese Misaki Doi (105 .).e) 6-4, 6-3.
The rest seem to benefit them: Monfils, who cut his slate short last season by withdrawing before the last 16 of the Masters 1000 in Paris, in the men’s final in Adelaide; Nadal, out of the ring since last August to treat his right foot, finalist in Melbourne; Barty returned after a four-month absence after being eliminated in the third round of the US Open in September, as well as in the final in Adelaide.
The world number one will compete on her 14th birthday at the age of 25e Address at 20e The final against Rybakina for which she will play her eighth final and will be trying to win her third title, she is 22 years old.
‘No easy match’
Ashleigh Barty said: “I haven’t played any easy matches, this tournament has been exceptionally difficult, but I like to test myself against the best in the world, and today’s match was no exception. The rule.”
“I have a feeling that my game has reached a point of escalation, that I have shown myself more competent in every game, and I hope to have enough in the tank for tomorrow [dimanche] Added World No. 1, who defeated Coco Gauff in a row in the week (22 .).e), Sofia Kenin (12 .)e) and Swiatek et al (9e).
Against Swiatek, she took advantage of several non-force errors of her opponent (31), from whom she took the serve twice in the first set and once in the second. The Australian also served very well, leaving few chances for Swiatek who only had to put two breaker balls in his mouth, which didn’t materialize.
Barely back, Barty actually appears to be back on top just days before the Australian Open kicks off on January 17, reaching the semi-finals in just eight matches.
Rybakina, who beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4 6-3 in about an hour and a half, was given a warning after a tough start with nine aces.
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