Kasatkina won 6-4, 6-4 over Garbine Muguruza
in the quarterfinals of Sydney on Thursday.
Kasatkina reached her second semifinal in the early stages of 2022 as she earned her first top-5 win since 2018 after a strong straight-set performance. The 24-year-old Russian didn't face a single break point in this contest as she won 83% of first-serve points to cruise past the world No. 3. She will face No. 5 seed Paula Badosa
for the first time in the semis.