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News ID: 92173
Publish Date : 07 July 2021 - 21:45
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LONDON (Dispatches) - World number one Ashleigh Barty crushed fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.
Barty, 25, won 6-1 6-3 and will play Angelique Kerber in the last four.
Kerber, the 2018 Wimbledon champion, progressed after a convincing 6-2 6-3 win over Karolina Muchova.
Aryna Sabalenka will take on Karolina Pliskova in Thursday’s other semi-final after wins over Ons Jabeur and Viktorija Golubic respectively.
It means that at the last four Grand Slams, including Wimbledon, the 16 semi-final places have been taken by 16 different players.
Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, was no match for compatriot Tomljanovic, cruising through the opening set as she won six games in a row, three of which were to love.
But Tomljanovic appeared stronger in the second set, breaking Barty in the opening game, although she did not hit her second winner until the sixth game when she seemed set to launch a fightback.
She broke Barty again in the seventh but Barty soon stormed home, taking victory on her second match point with an ace - her fifth of the match.

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