Ashleigh Barty reaches semifinals in Cincy, on track for No. 1

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MASON, Ohio — Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open for the first time and moved a step closer to the No. 1 world ranking.

Barty overcame another challenging start for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Maria Sakkari on Friday. With one more win, she can move up to No. 1 heading into the U.S. Open.

It was the second straight day that Barty rallied after dropping the first set. The French Open champion fought off a match point during a three-set win over Anett Kontaveit on Thursday.

On the men’s side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic plays the final match Friday against Lucas Pouille. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was upset on Thursday.