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Sydney International: In-form Ash Barty cruises into semi-finals

11 January 2018 7:33 PM
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Australian star Ashleigh Barty has booked a Sydney International semi-final showstopper with compatriot Daria Gavrilova after a convincing final-eight win on Thursday.

The 19th-ranked Barty showed why she entered the summer as the nation's No.1 player after dominating an error-prone Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena.

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Barty broke the Czech midway through the first set and didn't look back, unleashing an impressive array of shots past a frustrated Strycova to run away with the match.

The 21-year-old, who is on debut in Sydney and is the highest-ranked player left in the draw, has yet to drop a set this week.

She will now meet Gavrilova, who walked through to the final four following the withdrawal of world No.3 Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday because of a thigh injury.

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