LIVE: Scary Barty 'progressively getting better'

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At the Adelaide International, Australian satellite No.1 Ash Barty bushed erstwhile French Open victor Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-4 during past night's semi-final.

After a challenging fixture, which includes wins against Coco Gauff and erstwhile Australian Open Sofia Kenin, Barty volition present look Kazakhstani subordinate Elena Rybakina successful tonight's night's final.

"She (Swiatek) made maine play my champion tennis," Barty said aft the match.

"This tourney was exceptionally pugnacious close the mode through. There were surely nary casual matches. I emotion to trial myself against the champion successful the satellite and contiguous was nary different.

"Each lucifer I consciousness similar I've been progressively getting a small spot better.

"Hopefully, determination is simply a small spot near successful the vessel tomorrow. It's going to beryllium a amusive Sunday... playing astatine home, there's thing better."

Meanwhile, defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from her semifinal lucifer Saturday astatine a WTA tourney with an abdominal injury, allowing her hostile Veronika Kudermetova to beforehand to the last connected a walkover.

"I had a batch of amusive playing present successful Melbourne. Unfortunately, I person an abdominal wounded which I request to remainder and hole for the Australian Open," Osaka said successful a connection issued by Tennis Australia.

"Sad to retreat owed to wounded from my lucifer today, my assemblage got a daze from playing backmost to backmost aggravated matches aft the interruption I took," Osaka added aboriginal connected Twitter. "I'll effort to remainder up and I'll spot you soon!"

The Australian Open begins connected January 17.

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