Kicking off the season from the top-15, Ashleigh Barty was able to problem the gamers from the very prime, claiming titles in Miami and Roland Garros and decreasing the hole to Naomi Osaka. After Paris, Ashleigh was proper there with the struggling Japanese and can have the chance to move her if she wins the title in Birmingham, going through her doubles companion Julia Goerges within the title match.
Barty is thru to the tenth WTA closing and the fourth of the season, defeating Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-Four in an hour and 24 minutes, warding off all 5 break factors and delivering one break in every set to seal the deal and transfer into the ultimate.
The Aussie fired 11 aces and performed higher within the essential moments, controlling the scoreboard to oust the Czech for the third time in a row. Barty drew first blood within the fifth recreation after a double fault from Strycova, saving two break factors within the subsequent recreation to verify the benefit and transfer 4-2 up.
Ashleigh sealed the opener with a smash winner in recreation ten, holding at love and hoping for extra of the identical in set quantity two. There, Barbora stayed in contact till 4-Four when Barty broke at 15, forging the benefit and transferring excessive with a maintain at 15 within the subsequent recreation to advance into the tenth WTA closing and the second in Birmingham.
There, Ashleigh should battle in opposition to her doubles companion Julia Goerges who toppled Petra Martic 6-4, 6-Three in an hour and 22 minutes, going through solely two break factors and getting damaged as soon as. The Croat wanted rather more to remain aggressive, shedding half of the factors in her video games and struggling 4 breaks from ten alternatives given to the German.
The opening set provided 9 straightforward holds and one unfastened service recreation from Martic that price her the set, with Goerges breaking at 15 at 4-Four earlier than closing it with one other nice efficiency on serve a couple of minutes later. They traded breaks firstly of the second set and it was Julia who took cost after warding off a break level within the fourth recreation, securing breaks in video games 5 and 9 to march excessive and ebook the place within the 16th WTA closing, the primary since Auckland the place she defended the title received in 2018.