ADELAIDE: Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska defeated her third top 20 opponent in a row to make the Adelaide International finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Aryna Sabalenka on Friday (Jan 17).
The 19-year-old's blitzed world number 20 Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals of the Memorial Drive tournament and was a set up against former Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber when the German retired from their final 16 match with back pain.
Yastremska, ranked 24th, will play for the fourth title of her career on Saturday against either Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty or American Danielle Collins.
"I'm pretty happy, this new season is off to a good start," Yastremska said after defeating Sabalenka of Belarus for their third match in as many meetings.
"I'm just doing my job on court, playing my game. I do what I can on court.
"I feel confidence heading to the Australian Open."
Yastremska broke once per set while losing her own service once in the 106-minute showdown.
She finished on a third match point in the tiebreaker as Sabalenka hit the net on a return.
Yastremska claimed two WTA trophies last season at Strasbourg and Hua Hin, Thailand.
In the men's competition, South African Lloyd Harris knocked out fellow qualifier Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 after coming through on his third match point.
The 22-year-old will play his first ATP career final against either second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or number threRead More – Source