Barty sets up Aussie showdown with Gavrilova at Sydney International
Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has booked a Sydney International semi-final showdown with compatriot Daria Gavrilova after a convincing win in the last eight.
The 19th-ranked Barty showed why she entered the summer as Australia's number one player after dominating an error-prone Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena.
Barty broke the Czech midway through the first set and did not look back, unleashing an impressive array of shots past a frustrated Strycova to run away with the match.
The 21-year-old, who is on debut in Sydney and is the highest ranked player left in the draw, has yet to drop a set this week.
Her victory came on the same day she was confirmed as the 18th seed for the Australian Open beginning in Melbourne next week, while Gavrilova was named the 23rd seed.
Gavrilova walked through to the final four in Sydney following the withdrawal of world number three Garbine Muguruza because of a thigh injury.
The Russia-born Gavrilova defeated fellow Australian Samantha Stosur in straight sets on Wednesday evening.
Former world number one Angelique Kerber beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-1 in another quarter-final in Sydney, with the German to meet the victor of the Camila Giorgi and Agnieszka Radwanska encounter.