$25,000 Pune (IND)
R1: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (LL)Natasha Palha (IND) 62 61
R2: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (Q)Anna Shkudun (UKR) 63 62
QF: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (Q)Keren Shlomo (ISR) 62 63
SF: Kamila Kerimbayeva (KAZ) d. (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) 62 62
In the first singles semi-final, Kerimbayeva caught the Italian opponent by surprise with some aggressive hitting from both the flanks. Barbieri failed to handle the pace of Kerimbayeva's strokes, as she got broken in the fourth and the eighth game of the first set.
The second set was a similar story as the Kazak raced to a 5-1 lead, and eventually completed a 6-2 6-2 win in just 68 minutes.
It doesn't appear Gioia has enough points for a spot in Australian Open qualifying.