Top seed Ashleigh Barty needed just 59 minutes to defeat British wildcard Katie Boulter and advance to the semifinals of the Nature Valley Open.
WTA Staff
June 15, 2018

NOTTINGHAM, Great Britain - Top seed Ashleigh Barty ended the dream week for British wildcard Katie Boulter in the quarterfinals of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham on Firday, 6-0, 6-2.

The World No.156 had scored Top 100 victories over Yanina Wickmayer and former US Open champion Samantha Stosur en route to her first WTA quarterfinal, but Barty had no interest in the same fate which befell her compatriot in the previous round.

"I think I'm serving well and....being nice and aggressive on return games to get myself into those games and give myself a chance every time," Barty said after the match. "I'm pretty happy with how everything's going."

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The World No.17 had to save two break points in the first game of the match but worked her way through to a first set bagel in 25 minutes, and delivered a moral bagel in the second set by winning the final six games. 

The local 21-year-old battled in the early stages of the second set, securing her first game of the match with her first break of serve. Boulter next held for the first time in a four-deuce game where she saved break point, but ultimately could not find the answers to spring her biggest upset of the week.


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Barty hammered 11 aces over the course of her 59-minute victory, going 6-for-9 on her break point opportunities to score her third straight sets victory of the week. 

The World No.17 will look to make her second final of the season, and first since the year began in Sydney, against the winner of No.3 seed Naomi Osaka and No.5 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu.

"We had a great match at the Australian Open this year where she got the better of me," Barty said of Osaka. "She's a very big, powerful player with a great serve and a great first ball behind her serve. I think I'm going to have to use a lot of variety to try and extend those points and get into the points."

While the Aussie has played Japan's No.1 twice previously, she has never faced off against Buzarnescu.

"She's a lefty, so that brings a little bit of a different dimenson," Barty added. "She's very flat through the court and very aggressive so I know I'll have to serve well and look after my first short after serve."