Ash Barty’s run for a first Australian Open title accelerates, with the world No.1 beating fit Iga Swiatek 6-2 6-4 in the Adelaide international semi-final.
The Australian’s dominant serve and changes of pace frustrated the defending champion, fellow French Open winner and good friend.
But, dressed in head-to-toe black, it was all business in an 87-minute procession down Memorial Drive, with Barty reserving a place in the final to face 14th world Elena Rybakina on Sunday, when she also plays in the women’s doubles. final.
Her victory came as defending Australian Open champion and major threat Naomi Osaka withdrew from her semi-final during a WTA warm-up in Melbourne, citing an abdominal injury.
And that followed a mind-blowing expedition from 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and a landslide victory over teenage star Coco Gauff, Barty fitting in well as she seeks to improve her quarterback appearances. and in the semi-finals in his home slam for the past two years.
“It’s just perfection, perfect tennis,” Jelena Dokic told The Nine Network.
“He’s the best I’ve seen Ash Barty play, given his looks, in the pre-Australian Open events and for me a favorite (to win the middle finger).”
Barty threw a forehand down the line to establish a 5-2 lead in the first set, serving him in 32 minutes.
Another sharp-angled forehand was too good for the world No.9, who followed up with a double fault to give Barty the crucial break in the second set.
The pole was visibly shaken by the changes in pace and spin from Barty, the trademark sliced backhand well used whenever he was under pressure on serve.
“It’s unreal. It’s so much fun and Iga is an exceptional champion, he made me play my best tennis,” Barty said on the court.
“This tournament was exceptionally difficult, until the end … I love playing against the best in the world.
“I have the impression that with each game I have gradually improved.”
Earlier, Rybakina beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4 6-3 to shine a third career singles title.