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Australia’s Ashleigh Barty returns a shot to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their semi-finals Birmingham Classic tennis match at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty returns a shot to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their semi-finals Birmingham Classic tennis match at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)|Associated Press
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Ashleigh Barty to play Julia Goerges Sunday for Birmingham title and No. 1 ranking – Australia’s first since Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will play Julia Goerges for the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, and clinch the world No. 1 spot if she wins.

Barty extended her winning streak to 11 games and secured her third final of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over two-time runner-up Barbora Strycova on Saturday.

Goerges defeated Croatia's Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Second-ranked Barty needs to win the grass-court tournament to overtake Naomi Osaka in the rankings on Monday. Osaka lost to Yulia Putintseva in the second round on Thursday and must wait to see if she'll still be top heading into Wimbledon, which starts July 1.

Barty, who can become the first Australian female No. 1 in 43 years, says: "If I win, it's a bonus. There are all things that come with it, but those things are certainly not what I'm worried about."