Top seed Ashleigh Barty advanced to set up a mouth-watering clash against another Grand Slam winner Bianca Andreescu. The pair will meet each other for the first time in their career and won their semi-finals in contrasting fashion. Barty eased past Svitolina 6-3 6-3 while Andreescu scraped through 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) against Maria Sakkari in a contest that lasted two hours and forty minutes.
“I haven’t played her before, haven’t hit with her. It’s a fresh one for both of us. But she’s proven time and time again that she loves the big matches, loves the big tournaments, and has the game and the physicality to win them,” said the 2019 French Open winner while talking about Andreescu.”
Andreescu said she has wanted to play Barty for a long time and was glad to finally have her chance. “Her being number one and her doing really, really well. Her game style, as well. It’s something I have never really experienced,” Andreescu said. “I love a challenge, and I know she’s going to challenge me on Saturday.”