WTA roundup: Garbine Muguruza faces Ashleigh Barty in final


thejapannews– No. 6 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain blew past No. 8 seed Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-0 on Saturday to reach the final of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.

Muguruza will face a well-rested Australian Ashleigh Barty — the top seed and World No. 1 — in Sunday’s championship match. Barty advanced by walkover following the withdrawal by Serena Williams after her quarterfinal match.

Barty, who is trying for her ninth career WTA singles title, owns a 2-1 career edge against Muguruza.

Gippsland Trophy

Unseeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and seventh-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium will meet in the Gippsland Trophy final after advancing in very different fashions in the semifinals.

Kanepi outlasted No. 9 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-3, 7-6 (6), while Mertens enjoyed a walkover against second-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan. Osaka cited a nagging injury and her readiness for the upcoming Australian Open in her decision.

Mertens and Kanepi have split a pair of meetings, with Mertens winning the most recent match in the round of 64 at the 2020 French Open.

Grampians Trophy

Unseeded American Ann Li defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Grampians Trophy event in Melbourne.

Li will face fellow American Jennifer Brady in that semifinal after No. 7 Brady beat Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-4 in their quarterfinal match.

The other semifinal will pit No. 5 Maria Sakkari of Greece against No. 6 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Kontavelt won in walkover against No. 3 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, while Sakkari held off No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-2.

–Field Level Media