Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek overcame challenging opponents to make their way into the third round of the US Open.
Ashleigh Barty extended her winning streak to six with a 6-1, 7-6(7) defeat of Vera Zvonareva in the first round of the US Open.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has said that WTA world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will be the favourite to win the US Open.
Ashleigh Barty wasn't sure what her 2021 season would be like after being sidelined for nearly a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jil Teichmann took just an hour and 22 minutes to upset world No.4 Pliskova in hot and humid conditions in Ohio.
Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty beat Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open.
Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated Barty 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets to enter the next round. The entire match lasted for one hour and 34 minutes.
The 25-year-old clinched her maiden crown at the All England Club by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 on Saturday, adding to the French Open title she won in 2019.
Barty, who is 25, was the junior champion at Wimbledon a decade ago, then left the tennis tour for nearly two years in 2014 because of burnout.
The 25-year-old Australian will play former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in Saturday's final.
Barty also tried her hand at cricket and turned out for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).
Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna is also a professional tennis player, currently ranked 46 in the world.
Pliskova is driven more by proving to her "brutal critics" she was right in sticking to her style of play rather than alter it radically as the former world number one dropped out of the top 10.
The 25-year-old Australian will play either former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka in Saturday's final.
The stage is set for the women's Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday with three of the contenders new to the experience.