Australian Open: Ashleigh Barty beats Petra Kvitova to reach semi-finals

Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty has sealed her place in the last four with an ace and becomes the first Australian woman to mark her victory over Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals in Melbourne. The top 2019 runner up player Kvitova paid for her missed chances in 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 victory in the Australian Open match. The French open match champion Barty will be facing the American 14th seed champion Sofia Kenin in the next match.

Kenin marked her first semi after a 6-4 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur. In, 1984 the last Australian woman to reach the semi-finals in the singles at Melbourne Park was Wendy Turnbull. She was the most recent finalist from the home nation in 1980. In a Czech 3-3 points game which lasted for 10 minutes with maintaining the scoreboard 0-40 with two blistering forehand returns which allowed the Australian woman to hold when she tried to net a forehand return in the game.

In mid of the mini-break of tie-break which enabled Barty to get her position back in the game when she netted after a round where the Australian was at her defensive part and getting on the end of everything the Czech defended at her.

When first set lasted one hour and nine minutes, Barty needed just 35 minutes in the second. She was halted only by a dropped serve in the sixth game but went on to aim and seal victory with an ace.