Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3 March 2017 | tennis.com.au

Ash Barty continued her dominant progress through the draw at the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open, beating Zhang Kai-Lin in straight sets on Friday.

The 6-0 7-6(2) victory sent the young Australian through to her first tour-level semifinal after three appearancesĀ at the quarterfinal stage.

Barty will next face the winner of the all-Chinese battle between No.6 seed Wang Qiang and Han Xinyun.

Having come through qualifying, Barty has now built a five-match winning streak in the Malaysian capital.

The world No.58, who reached the third round at Australian Open 2017, has recordedĀ a winning 6-0 set in her past four matches.