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Date TimeOctober 31, 2019
VoiceThe world No 1 prevailed 6-4, 6-2 in Shenzhen to eliminate her opponent and set up a semi-final against Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova 12.25pm GMT
Ashleigh Barty beats Petra Kvitova to top WTA Finals group – as it happened
Ashleigh Barty bounced back from her surprise defeat to Kiki Bertens, comfortably beating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 to seal top spot in the Red Group and a semi-final place at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
After an even start, Barty broke in the fifth game of the first set with a forehand winner, and held in the next as Kvitova missed three break-point opportunities. With humid, slippery conditions affecting both players, Barty defended another break point in the eighth game before serving out the set. 12.17pm GMT
So, that win means Barty tops the Red Group, and will play either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals. Those two will meet on Friday in a straight shootout for second place in the Purple Group.
The defending champion, Elena Svitolina, has already won that round-robin, and will face Kiki Bertens or Belinda Bencic in the last four. They will be on court next, both chasing an unexpected semi-final place in a straight shootout.

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