Spanish duo Garbine Muguruza and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor have booked an appearance in the final tomorrow after defeating Aussie pair Ashleigh Barty and Bojana Bobusic in a close doubles semi this morning at the Moorilla Hobart International. Read more
Today will see an exciting day of semi final action here at the Moorilla Hobart International including performances from Aussie doubles duo Ashleigh Barty and Bojana Bobusic, the USA’s rising star Sloane Stephens and defending champion Mona Barthel.
Play will commence at 12 pm with the doubles semi featuring the Aussies against Spaniards, Garbine Muguruza and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. This is the first tournament together for Barty and Bobusic but after their straight-set win against Nina Bratchikova and Janette Husarova in the quarterfinals they are looking in solid form to book a final appearance.
Next on centre court will be the USA’s world No.29 Sloane Stephens who has so far had an impressive run at the tournament, defeating the UK’s Laura Robson and fellow countrywoman Lauren Davis. At 19 years of age old the No. 8 seed is the youngest woman in the WTA’s top 40. She was recently dubbed by her mentor and multiple Grand Slam champion Serena Williams as a future world No. 1.
Stephens will be taking on Russia’s Elena Vesnina who will be making her fifth appearance at the tournament with the hope of advancing to her first final in Hobart.
The twilight session will commence at 5:30 pm with a doubles appearance from Spanish dynamic duo Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Lourdes Dominguez Lino against Timea Babos and Mandy Minella.
Last but not least former champion Mona Barthel will take on Belgium’s world No. 51 Kirsten Flipkens. The Belgian is one to watch after an inspiring performance against Romania’s unique Monica Niculescu tonight at the Domain. Despite a slow start in her tournament matches, Flipkens will be one to challenge the hard-hitting Barthel.
Aussie duo Ashleigh Barty and Bojana Bobusic will advance to the semi-finals after defeating Nina Bratchikova and Janette Husarova in a close match at the Hobart Moorilla International this morning.
The match started with solid serving from Bobusic taking the opening game. The set continued on serve, with short-rallies and several cross court battles between Barty and Slovakia’s Husarova.
“It was tough conditions today and it wasn’t pretty but we got the win and did enough. I don’t see why we can’t go further,” Bobusic said post-match.
It was the first doubles tournament together for the Aussies but they weren’t unfamiliar with each other’s game after recently coming head-to-head at the Australian Open play-offs where Bobusic defeated second seed Barty and went on to gain a wildcard into the first Grand Slam of the year.
“It’s a little bit hard for me because I lost [at the play-offs]. When you go onto the singles court it is all business but once you come off you’re good mates again. It’s just another tennis match,” Barty said.
At 3-3 Bobusic displayed quick hands at the net to take the score to 40-30. Barty finished the game with a high-kicking second serve to bring the Australians to a 4-3 lead. At 5-4 Barty and Bobusic had the chance to break and take the first set but several unforced errors from Bobusic saw their opponents level the score 5-5. With a solid service game from Barty, the Australians found their momentum in the final stages of the first, holding and breaking ahead to take the set 7-5.
Bratchikova and Husarova came out powering in the second looking to get an early lead. They started on serve and broke the Aussies to advance 2-0. With quick net advances and cross-court strokes, Barty and Bobusic levelled the score 2-2.
“Boji [held] her serve at 2-2 in the second set to get up 3-2 again, that was a big game. At different stages we played well and it’s good that we mix well together and complement each other,” Barty added.
The Aussie’s fought point-to-point to match their opponents, finally getting the break at the end of the set and taking the match 7-5 to book a semi-final appearance.
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