HONG KONG – World number one Ash Barty booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals on Thursday as the Australian made short work of Petra Kvitova, handing the Czech a 6-4 6-2 defeat.
Barty needed to win to be sure of progressing having won one and lost one of her opening matches, and she did so in style as she dominated to win in 88 minutes against a tired looking Kvitova, who exits the competition with three straight losses.
“I felt like I executed really well tonight and I think overall I knew I had to come out here and play aggressively and play to win,” said Barty.
“It was a really good match tonight and I'm really excited to have another chance to play here on this beautiful court.”
Barty took the first set after breaking Kvitova in the fifth game, using her athleticism and movement around the court to put the Ukrainian under constant pressure.