Barty set for Brisbane doubles final
Ash Barty has been guaranteed a place in the Brisbane International doubles final.
Sent packing from the singles tournament by qualifier Jennifer Brady in a shock on Thursday, world No. 1 Barty's fortunes slightly improved when her and playing partner Kiki Bertens were gifted a place in the doubles decider via a walkover after the withdrawal of their schedule semi-finals opponents Ajla Tomljanovic and Kristina Mladenovic.
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Dutch star Bertens revealed the news following her second-round singles win over Estonia's Anett Kontaveit on Thursday night.
"We had a walkover, so I think we're already in the final," said Bertens, who tipped Barty to bounce back from her early singles exit.
"It's pretty tough. She's in a little bit of a different position of course this year. But, I think in doubles she played great, so I think she's going to be fine for the next few weeks."
The other doubles finalists are yet to be decided.
Top seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova meet Lucie Hradecka and Andreja Klepac on Friday night.
The winners of that match will meet Lyudmyla Kichenok and Yang Zhaoxuan for a place in the final.