Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty is just one match away from a maiden Canadian Open finals appearance after defeating Belgian Kiki Bertens in straight sets.

Barty dominated the nervous world No.18, who made 31 unforced errors, to close out the quarter-final 6-3 6-1 in just 55 minutes.

The world No.16 broke Berten’s serve fours times and never faced a break point to book her first-ever semi-finals appearance in Canada.

“It was really tricky conditions…and we were both struggling a little,” Barty said in her on-court interview.

“I’m very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match.”

Aside from her surprise second round exit from Wimbledon last month, the 15th seeded Australian has now won eight of her last nine matches on hard courts.

Barty also leads the WTA in grass court wins and will be looking translate that dominance into her third final of the season.

She will face either world No.1 Simona Halep or French sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the semi-final.

In the two other quarter-finals US Open champion Sloane Stephens is playing Latvian world No.19 Anastasija Sevastova, while Ukrainian world No.5 Elina Svitolina faces Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens.

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