Zhuhai – Australia's Ashleigh Barty stunned former world number one Angelique Kerber in straight sets to reach the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals on Thursday.
Twenty-one-year-old Barty, the youngest player at the season-ending tournament in Zhuhai, needed just one hour and 11 minutes to down her German opponent 6-3, 6-4 at the Hengqin International Tennis Centre.
It follows an impressive victory over fourth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Wednesday, also in straight sets, which saw Barty fire nine aces.
Result from the third day of the WTA Elite Trophy tournament in Zhuhai, China, on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x9) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x8) 6-3, 6-4Let's