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Barty plays down injury concern

“Overall, Aryna was the better player today. She was able to control her service games a lot better. I felt at times I was hanging on a little bit.

“I had to take a lot of risks today to try to manage where I was at. I was more in the match than I deserved to be.”

Ashleigh Barty lost in the semi-finals at Wuhan.

Ashleigh Barty lost in the semi-finals at Wuhan.Credit:Getty Images

Unseeded American Alison Riske beat two-times champion Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-5 in the other semi-final to advance to her first Premier final.

Kvitova’s poor service game saw her concede 15 break points, of which Riske converted four to win the match in straight sets despite a late fightback from the Czech who finished with 45 unforced errors.

“I always thought I was good, but I never really kind of embodied that,” Riske said. “In the big moments, I wasn’t really delivering.

“I feel like it’s taken me a while. I had spurts of it. I’m 29, so it’s about time I get something right here.”


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