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Barty in China Open final

Beijing, Oct 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/5/2019 11:37:11 AM IST

World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has fought back to beat eighth-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in three sets to reach the final of the China Open in Beijing.

The Australian, who accounted for Petra Kvitova in three sets in the quarter-finals, won Saturday’s first set 6-3, only to drop the second by the same margin, before holding off Bertens 7-6 (9-7) in the deciding third set.
Both players saved a match point in a thrilling third set tiebreak before Barty wrapped up the encounter in two hours 20 minutes.
It was Barty’s 19th win in a three-setter this year and her third in a row after beating Zheng Saisai in the last 16 and seventh seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals, with both matches lasting more than two hours.
In a see-saw match, both players dropped serve three times with little to separate the two until the tiebreak in the decider.
Bertens first saved a match point with a long rally to tie the score at 6-6 in the tiebreak before Barty fought back to 7-7. She then forced the Dutchwoman into an error and won the match on her next match point to advance.

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