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Top-seeded Barty moves into semifinals in Strasbourg

Australia's Ashleigh Barty serves the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty advanced to the semifinals of the Strasbourg International by beating Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-4 Thursday.

It was Barty's third consecutive straight-set win at the clay-court tournament.

"I felt very clean off the ground today and felt like that was my best match so far this week," Barty said.

The 22-year-old Australian will next face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-2.

Updated May 24, 2018

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