Cincinnati Open: Ashleigh Barty reaches semi-final

Last Updated: Aug 17 2019 10:32
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TENNIS- Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty came from a set down to beat Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of Cincinnati Open on Friday.

The 23 year old who lost her world number rank to Japan’s Naomi Osaka last week is hoping to make a winning return to the top spot by reaching the final.

"I'm in the semis for the first time here," she said. "I'm not thinking of the ranking at all. I'm playing one match at a time. If I can win matches, the ranking will take care of itself.”

Barty will face Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova who ousted third seed Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 for a place in the final.