Ash Barty could win two trophies on Sunday as the world number one continues to build an impressive record ahead of her tilt to the Australian Open later this month.
- Ash Barty to face world number 14 Elena Rybakina in Adelaide’s international final on Sunday
- The 25-year-old will then team up with compatriot Storm Sanders in the doubles final
- Singles win will bring Barty’s record against top-20 rivals to 17-1 since the start of last year
Barty dominated on Saturday night against reigning Adelaide International champion Iga Swiatek, reserving her place in the final with a 6-2 6-4 victory.
She will face world number 14 Elena Rybakina in Sunday’s final, where a victory would take Barty’s record against her top-20 rivals to 17-1 since the start of last year.
The Wimbledon champion will then team up with compatriot Storm Sanders in the doubles final.
“This is where I want to play my best tennis: I want to give myself the opportunity to play for titles in Australia,” said Barty, who won the singles crown from Adelaide in 2020.
“So it’s definitely really nice to have an opportunity in two finals… it’s going to be really exciting for my singles and then going out with Stormy and having fun in doubles. “
Barty’s incisive serve kept her in full control with comfortable wins over Swiatek and world number 12 Sofia Kenin, who beat her in the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open on her way to the title.
But the 25-year-old Queenslander said she was happy with how she took the rally initiative as well, something she will have to repeat against Kazakhstan’s Rybakina at Memorial Drive.
“It was the feeling that as soon as I had an opportunity and sniffed, I had to be able to grab it, take the initiative,” she said of her tactics against Roland Garros champion Swiatek .
“I felt I had a good balance between being able to run, move and neutralize.
“As soon as I got a little time on the ball, I was able to create with the forehand.”
22-year-old Russian-born Rybakina plans to be aggressive in her litmus test as she aims for a third career title.
“It’s great to play number one to see what you lack in your game, what you need to improve,” she said.
“Of course I believe if I do my best tomorrow I will fight, I can win.”