Barty beats Kerber to reach Zhuhai semis

 02 Nov 2017 - 11:58

Barty beats Kerber to reach Zhuhai semis
Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts during her women's singles match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Zhuhai Elite Trophy tennis tournament in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong province on November 1, 2017. AFP

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Zhuhai, China: Australia's Ashleigh Barty stunned former world number one Angelique Kerber in straight sets to reach the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals on Thursday.

Twenty-one-year-old Barty, the youngest player at the season-ending tournament in Zhuhai, needed just one hour and 11 minutes to down her German opponent 6-3, 6-4 at the Hengqin International Tennis Center.

It follows an impressive victory over fourth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Wednesday, also in straight sets, which saw Barty fire nine aces.