Aliaksandra Sasnovich’s impressive start to the season continued on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Timea Bacsinszky to advance to the Sydney International semifinals.

The No. 33-ranked Sasnovich, who made it to the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane, was in control most of the way to beat the Swiss 6-3, 6-3.

Sasnovich will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber for a spot in the final. Kvitova and Kerber played later Thursday.

Ashleigh Barty, who beat top-seeded Simon Halep on Wednesday, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens, breaking the Belgian player’s serve six times.

“I thought it was a little bit of a slow start, but it was good to get the ball rolling mid to late in that first set,” Barty said.

Barty will meet Yulia Putintseva or Kiki Bertens in the semifinals.

In men’s quarterfinals Thursday, eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi upset top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 3 Diego Schwartzman beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1).

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Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus hits a forehand to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus hits a forehand to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Ash Barty of Australia hits a forehand to Elise Mertens of Belgium during their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Ash Barty of Australia hits a forehand to Elise Mertens of Belgium during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Andreas Seppi of Italy hits a backhand to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Andreas Seppi of Italy hits a backhand to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Diego Schwartzman of Argentina wipes his face while playing Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Diego Schwartzman of Argentina wipes his face while playing Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan celebrates winning a game against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan celebrates winning a game against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a forehand to Andreas Seppi of Italy during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a forehand to Andreas Seppi of Italy during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland tilts her head back after missing a shot to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland tilts her head back after missing a shot to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Source: The Associated Press