Barty on her way to defeating Venus Williams.
Barty on her way to defeating Venus Williams.

Ashleigh Barty turns giant killer in Cincinnati

AUSTRALIA'S Ashleigh Barty has produced the biggest win of her singles career, sending ninth seed Venus Williams packing from the Cincinnati Open.

It was the Queenslander's first-ever win over a top 10 player - and she was made to work for it.

Seven-time grand slam winner Williams, who lost the Australian Open final to sister Serena in January, fought back after losing the opening set to take the second but ultimately went down 6-3 2-6 6-2.

Barty, who has moved up to No.48 in the world rankings, will now play Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16 tonight for a place in the quarter-finals.

"It feels really good, to play Venus on such a big stage is a privilege for me and to play as well as I did, I'm really excited," Barty, the world No. 48, told the WTA website.

"She's a genuine champion of the game and paved the way for us young players coming through. It's an honour for me to ... share the court with her, and happy to be moving on."

Barty's Fed Cup teammate Daria Gavrilova's Cincinnati campaign is over after the 23-year-old fell in three sets to Italy's Camila Giorgi, 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-3.

News Corp Australia

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