Tennis-Dominant Barty storms into Adelaide semi-finals

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Tennis-Dominant Barty storms into Adelaide semi-finals



(Reuters) -World primary Ash Barty delighted the Memorial Drive crowd by breezing by way of to the Adelaide Worldwide semi-finals with a cushty 6-3 6-4 victory over Sofia Kenin on Friday.

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Barty, the 2020 Adelaide champion, dominated from the beginning and confirmed no indicators of the rust on show in her win over Coco Gauff within the earlier spherical of the Australian Open warm-up occasion. Of their first assembly since Kenin upset Barty within the 2020 Australian Open semi-final, the American struggled along with her serve whereas her high ranked opponent was almost flawless, producing 17 aces and profitable 31 of 32 first serve factors. Barty notched the essential break halfway by way of the opening set and carried that momentum by way of to the second, wrapping up the win in simply over an hour with out going through a single break level. “I felt fairly good in the present day. I used to be capable of take care of my service video games fairly properly and it was numerous enjoyable enjoying out right here and getting extra courtroom time,” Barty mentioned. “It is good to come back out right here and be examined from the beginning and know that it’s essential to convey your perfect degree. Taking a look at these final two matches, there’s nonetheless work to do.” Earlier on Friday, seventh seed Elena Rybakina fought again from a set right down to prevail 3-6 6-3 6-2 in her quarter-final in opposition to American Shelby Rogers. Rogers, who knocked out sixth seed Maria Sakkari within the earlier spherical of the WTA 500 occasion, raced 4-1 forward earlier than closing out a robust opening set however Rybakina acquired the one break within the second and carried that result in drive a decider. Rybakina received 90% of her first serve factors within the ultimate set and despatched down 5 aces en path to closing out the win in simply over two hours. She is going to face both Japan’s Misaki Doi or Slovenian Kaja Juvan for a spot within the ultimate. Defending champion Iga Swiatek takes on two-times Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka in a while Friday. Within the males’s Adelaide ATP 250 occasion, high seed Gael Monfils of France beat American Tommy Paul 6-4 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals after third seed Marin Cilic rolled previous Serbia’s Laslo Djere 6-3 6-2. Second seed Karen Khachanov faces Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov whereas native hope Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Mikael Ymer of Sweden. (Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)



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