Ashleigh Barty beats Kiki Bertens to reach Rogers Cup semis


MONTREAL — Ashleigh Barty moved into the semifinals of the women’s Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-1 victory Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands on Friday.

Barty, the 15th seed, will next play the winner of a quarterfinal later Friday between top-seeded Simona Halep and sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

The 22-year-old Australian has won her last six hardcourt matches, including a pair of Fed Cup victories. She is coming off an excellent grasscourt season in which she won 12 matches, including a tournament title in Nottingham.

Bertens fell short of posting a third straight win over a seeded player after ousting Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova in the last two rounds.

Later quarterfinals have third-seeded Sloane Stephens against Anastasija Sevastova and the defending champion, Elina Svitolina, against 14th-seeded Elise Mertens.

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Source:: Sportsnet

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