China Open 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty edges past resurgent Kiki Bertens in three sets to reach final

Barty will face either title-holder Caroline Wozniacki or reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, both of whom will play their semi-final later on Saturday

Agence France-Presse October 05, 2019 15:08:47 IST
China Open 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty edges past resurgent Kiki Bertens in three sets to reach final
  • The Australian committed 52 unforced errors but still just about emerged victorious, saving match point in a nervy 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) victory in Beijing

  • The 23-year-old Barty looked all set to rush into Sunday's final and dominated the first set against the shell-shocked Bertens

  • But the 27-year-old Dutchwoman struck back to win the second set of their semi-final by the same 6-3 scoreline and take the match to a decider

Beijing: Ashleigh Barty will meet Caroline Wozniacki or Naomi Osaka in the China Open final after the World No 1 squeezed through in three tense sets against Kiki Bertens on Saturday.

China Open 2019 World No 1 Ashleigh Barty edges past resurgent Kiki Bertens in three sets to reach final

Ashleigh Barty plays a shot against Kiki Bertens. AP

The Australian committed 52 unforced errors but still just about emerged victorious, saving match point in a nervy 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) victory in Beijing.

The 23-year-old Barty looked all set to rush into Sunday's final and dominated the first set against the shell-shocked Bertens.

But the 27-year-old Dutchwoman struck back to win the second set of their semi-final by the same 6-3 scoreline and take the match to a decider.

They went with serve until the fifth game of the third set, when Bertens, ranked eighth in the world, profited from another Barty error to go up by a break.

Bertens though lost her nerve when serving for the match, the momentum swinging back in Barty's favour. Barty went down 3-1 in the tiebreak but overcame the deficit to seal the victory.

Title-holder Wozniacki and reigning Australian Open champion Osaka play their semi-final later on Saturday.

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