Defending champion Mona Barthel (GER) has extended her Hobart winning streak to 12 this evening with a 6-4 6-4 semi final victory over world No.51 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL). The 22-year-old will be the first player in the tournament’s history to play for back-to-back titles tomorrow when she meets Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the singles final.
Earlier world No. 68 Vesnina defeated world No.29 and the youngest woman in the WTA top 50, Sloane Stephens (USA). The Russian won the first set in 34 minutes before taking the match 6-2 6-2.