World No.1 Ash Barty will full her Australian Open preparation right now by going through Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard cruised into the final of the Yarra Valley Classic.
Muguruza was dominant from the outset in yesterday’s semifinal, thumping Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-0.
The 2020 Australian Open finalist mentioned she would relish the chance to face Barty forward of their respective Melbourne Park campaigns.
“It’s at all times good to play the highest gamers — particularly the No.1 proper now,” Muguruza mentioned post-match.
“We’ve had powerful matches so I’m anticipating one other battle.”
Barty had a walkover to the match decider after Serena Williams pulled out of their semifinal, citing a shoulder harm.
Earlier yesterday, Australian Open favorite Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Gippsland Trophy semifinal in opposition to Elise Mertens, citing the necessity to handle a niggling shoulder harm forward of her Open marketing campaign.
Because of this, Mertens has a walkover to the final of the Gippsland Trophy, the place she is going to face Kaia Kanepi, who beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3 7-6 (8-6) within the different semifinal.
In the meantime, Greece’s Maria Sakkari ousted Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2 to attain the semi-final of the Grampians Trophy.
Sakkari relished the help of the gang, serving to her get well from trailing 4-1 within the first set.
“I’ve my Greeks right here, which feels nice,” Sakkari mentioned.
“That’s the very first thing I’m wanting ahead to after I come to Australia, so it was nice. Funnily sufficient, that is my house match.
“I don’t have an expert match again house, so … each time I come again to Australia, it appears like I’m at house.”
Sakkari will subsequent face Anett Kontaveit — who progressed after Victoria Azarenka pulled out with a decrease again situation.