AFP, SYDNEYVeteran Andreas Seppi yesterday derailed top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Sydney International title hopes, while homegrown rising star Ashleigh Barty claimed another top scalp to also advance to the semi-finals. Seppi, 14 years older than his 20-year-old Greek opponent, has only won three ATP titles, but called on all his experience as he battled back for a gutsy 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win. 1 Simona Halep and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko by easily accounting for 10th-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3. The first woman to book a semi-final spot was Belarussian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky — on the comeback trail after a 14-month winless spell — 6-3, 6-3. However, she has a daunting task ahead, after fifth seed and 2015 Sydney winner Petra Kvitova defeated world No.
Source: Taipei Times January 10, 2019 15:56 UTC