Barty began the year ranked outside the top 300. AFP / WANG ZHAO
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Australia's Ashleigh Barty crushed French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 Friday, cruising into the final at the Wuhan Open. Barty began the year ranked outside the top 300 .She will face Caroline Garcia in her first-ever Premier 5 tournament final after the French player toppled Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-2 in a one-way semifinal.Ostapenko, ranked 10 in the world, struggled with a niggle to her right wrist and appeared tired after triumphing over world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza in the quarters.Barty, ranked 37th in the world, snatched an early break in the first set to lead her normally fiery opponent 2-0 .
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