Adelaide International 1: Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek to clash in the SF

Ashleigh Barty will take on Iga Swiatek for a spot in the Adelaide International 1 final. Earlier on Friday, Barty won her quarter-final clash against Sofia Kenin, 6-3, 6-4, in 68 minutes.

Barty didn’t face a single break point and converted two of the nine break points she had on the American’s serve. Across the match, Barty dropped just one point off her first serve – in the second set. She also hit 17 aces for the match.

“Today I was able to see the box quite clearly and hit my spots well and get on a little bit of a run. I think towards the end Sofia was kind of leaning one way or the other and I was able to kind of get up and hit my spots,” Barty said after her win.

Adelaide International 1: Elena Rybakina’s the only other seed left in the draw

The quarter-final featuring Swiatek and Victoria Azarenka was quite a topsy-turvy affair with the Pole coming through 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in three minutes short of the three-hour mark. Swiatek hit 27 winners and had 28 unforced errors while the Belarusian had 22 winners and 26 unforced errors.

Post-match, Swiatek, who won the 2021 edition of the tournament, said, “Winning against such an experienced player is still pretty new for me. That was my third match where I actually could show what I practiced during pre-season. That’s really satisfying because I had this problem last year where I was practicing really great and I felt like I could do more on matches. This time it’s different. It’s actually going my way, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

Meanwhile, for Azarenka, who looked to be struggling with an injury to her leg in the final, the end of the day brought more misery as she was forced to withdraw from her doubles semi-final with Paula Badosa.

However, as this played out, the singles semi-final in the bottom half of the Adelaide International 1 draw will be contested between Misaki Doi and Elena Rybakina. Doi defeated Kaja Juvan 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 48 minutes while the seventh-seeded Rybakina won against Shelby Rogers, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours.