The sixth day of the Sydney International will see home favourites Daria Gavrilova and Ashleigh Barty face off.
WTA Staff
January 11, 2018

Play starts at 1pm on the Ken Roswell Arena and 4pm on Show Court 1


Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) v Ashleigh BARTY (AUS)

After one ATP match

Not before 7pm

[Q] Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Angelique KERBER (GER)


After one ATP match

[1] Latisha CHAN (TPE) / Andrea SESTINI HLAVACKOVA (CZE) v [3] Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) v Yifan XU (CHN)


Compatriots Daria Gavrilova and Ashleigh Barty have only faced each other twice, in very different circumstances. Their first encounter was in 2012, in the semifinals of the ITF $25,000 tournament in Traralgon; a 16-year-old Barty, ranked No.220, defeated an 18-year-old No.231-ranked Gavrilova 7-5, 7-5 (and would go on to win the title). Five years later, in a year both would finish inside the Top 30, the pair met again in the Strasbourg quarterfinals, and Gavrilova got her revenge 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(5).

Camila Giorgi is the fourth qualifier in the past five years to play the Sydney International semifinals. Two of the previous three won their semifinal match - eventual 2014 champion Tsvetana Pironkova and Monica Puig in 2015.

Angelique Kerber is unbeaten in seven matches so far in 2018, and holds a 2-0 head-to-head lead over Camila Giorgi - including their only meeting on Australian soil, a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win in the first round of Brisbane in 2016.

Daria Gavrilova and Ashleigh Barty each have two Premier-level finals under their belts. Gavrilova was the Moscow runner-up in 2016 and New Haven champion in 2017, while Barty lost both the Birmingham and Wuhan finals last year. Camila Giorgi has only played one prior Premier semifinal - New Haven 2012, which she lost to Magdalena Rybarikova.

Angelique Kerber is a 10-time WTA titlist, eight at Premier level or above, but is looking for her first trophy since the 2016 US Open.