Tennis: Barty and Zverev advance to Cincinnati final


Ashleigh Barty in action during the Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles Semi-Final in Cincinnati, USA on August 21, 2021. / CFP

Ashleigh Barty in action during the Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles Semi-Final in Cincinnati, USA on August 21, 2021. / CFP

World number one Ashleigh Barty reached her sixth final of the season on Saturday as the Australian defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-5 at the ATP and WTA Masters in Cincinnati.

The 25-year-old seed has led the standings for the past 82 weeks. Barty only needed an hour and a quarter to qualify for Sunday’s title game, surpassing his performance in the 2019 semifinals.

Barty will play for the trophy against Swiss wild card Jil Teichmann who shocked Naomi Osaka, Olympic gold medalist Belinda Benci and Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova in this tournament.

Against Kerber, Barty extended his series lead between several Grand Slam winners to 4-2 by doubling a Wimbledon semi-final victory last month.

Alexander Zverev in action during the Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles Semi-Final in Cincinnati, USA on August 21, 2021. / CFP

Alexander Zverev in action during the Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles Semi-Final in Cincinnati, USA on August 21, 2021. / CFP

On the men’s side, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev came back from two failures in the third set to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), preparing for Sunday’s final against Andrey Rublev.

The German, who briefly left the pitch to vomit in the final set as he stepped up his retaliation in front of a large crowd, will go 4-0 in the final.

Rublev, fourth seed, surprised compatriot world number two Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Also on Saturday, China’s Zhang Shuai and Australia’s Sam Stosur won the women’s doubles title, beating sixth seed Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Luisa Stefani of Brazil 7-5, 6-3.

Source (s): AFP

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