CINCINNATI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Australian women's tennis player Ashleigh Barty has came back from behind for the second time to win 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, against Maria Sakkari at the WTA Cincinnati Masters.
Barty is just one step away from returning to world number one ranking if she can advance to the final of the Cinccinati Masters. In the semifinals, Barty will either face Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova or Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova tomorrow.
In the previous round, Barty also recovered after giving up in the first set to beat Anettt Kontaveit. However, the French Open champion didn't care about ranking, but rather preferred to concentrate on the game.
"I first entered the semifinals here. I did not think about ranking at all," Barty said, as quoted by the official WTA website.
Barty continued that if she could win the match, then the rankings would definitely follow that victory. "I'm happy to be in the new territory here in Cincinnati."
Sakkari of Greece dominated the first set by coming back from behind 2-5 in the first set by winning 14 of the last 16 points to sweep this set.
However, Barty edged up in the next two sets after playing more patiently in the second and third set and releasing the serve better.
Barty defeated Sakkari with 29 winners and won six breaks from 14 chances in an hour and 45 minutes.