She may arrive on court about two hours earlier than originally hoped, but the Brisbane International will still boast Ashleigh Barty on finals Sunday.
Australia’s world No.1 was beaten in the second round of the singles – after a first-round bye – at her home tournament this week.
But in partnership with Kiki Bertens the 23-year-old has surged into the doubles final, the pair to face top seeds Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh. It has ensured valuable court time ahead of the Adelaide International and Australian Open later this month.
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Veteran Strycova knows what she’s in for on Sunday but says they will enjoy the buzz Barty is sure to generate from her home crowd before the women’s final follows.
“The crowd are here and they are coming to watch even doubles, women’s doubles, which is really nice,” she said.
“I like that, and tomorrow will be even more because it’s Ash on court.”
Barty has played in every women’s grand slam doubles final, winning the 2018 US Open and nine others to go with her French Open singles crown. World No.9 Bertens is a more than capable partner, the pair already beating the second seeds and benefiting from a semi-final walkover on the way to the final.
“Ash and Kiki, they are huge hitters and they are such talented players, especially Ash is playing great doubles,” Strycova said.
“We have to play really good and high level tennis to have chance even to win tomorrow.”