Australian Open: Ashleigh Barty to quarter-finals in Melbourne | tennis news

The Australian No. 1 in the world kept her composure on the big points and now faces Jessica Pegula on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals; she wants to win her first Australian Open title in Melbourne this year

Last updated: 23/01/22 10:35 AM

The world’s number 1 wants to win her first Australian Open title this year

Ashleigh Barty once again showed her prowess at home to defeat Amanda Anisimova 6-4 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The world No. 1, who defeated Anisimova in her flight to the French Open title in 2019, proved to be the more stable player on key points during the 74-minute match.

Although Barty had broken her run of 63 consecutive serves, her ability to absorb the strength of her 20-year-old rival and make draw errors proved crucial.

Anisimova had entered the match after knocking out Naomi Osaka and Barty praised her opponent after their match.

“She’s an incredible athlete and an incredible competitor. One of her best qualities is that she can show up point after point,” said Barty on the track.

“I think it’s just nice to see her play her best tennis again. She’s a champion and she’s going to get a lot of majors in the future, that’s for sure.”

Ashleigh Barty vs Amanda Anisimova – Stats

Ashleigh Barty Amanda Anisimova
7 aces 4
3 Double mistakes 1
67% First serve in 67%
78% First service points won 61%
50% Second service points won 38%
6/6 Net points won 8/11
23 winners 20
17 Unforced Errors 34
71 Total points won 56

Barty did see her run of service come to an end, then won six of the next seven games in the second set.

The world No. 1 did not allow Anisimova a rhythm during the match. She used her backhand slice intelligently and consistently put the ball into the corners.

Women’s Quarter Finals – Top Half of the Draw

Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Jessica Pegula (21)
Barbora Krejcikova (4) vs Madison Keys

Barty now faces another American, Jessica Pegula, on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals of her home Grand Slam.

Pegula has advanced to this stage of the Slam for the second year in a row, upsetting fifth seed Maria Sakkari 7-6 (7-0) 6-3.

“It was a bit warm out there, so I didn’t really want to play many long points,” Pegula noted.

“I thought I really had to get up and be aggressive when I got the opportunities. Luckily I was able to take advantage of that quite well today and play a pretty clean game I think.”

Madison Keys shows what her win over Paula Badosa means to her

Madison Keys shows what her win over Paula Badosa means to her

In the other quarterfinal in the top half of the draw, fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova will face a resurgent Madison Keys.

Long tipped as a potential Grand Slam champion, the American made it to the US Open final in 2017, but this is her first Grand Slam quarter-final since the French Open nearly three years ago.

Keys started the season with a title in Adelaide, sending eighth seeded Paula Badosa away 6-3 6-1 at Melbourne Park.

“I think it’s obviously easy to say now, that as long as you keep doing the right things, things will work out and all that,” Keys said.

“I felt like I did a lot of the right things last year, I tried my best, and it just didn’t happen. Tennis can change in a week. Just knowing it will get better eventually, you have to hold on to that. “

Badosa also won a tournament to kick off the season, but was blown away by Keys’ strength.

The Spaniard said: “Sometimes I served 180 (kph). I had to see what the service said because I didn’t understand how a winner came back so quickly. I thought I was serving badly. Then I saw that it was her game, that she played very, very well.”

Krejcikova since winning the title at Roland Garros last spring, she has become an unexpected Grand Slam champion.

She took a 6-2 6-2 win over two-time former champions Victoria Azarenka and prayed for the 24th seed’s 28 unforced errors in the encounter.

Barbora Krejcikova didn't make it past the second round in Melbourne this year

Barbora Krejcikova didn’t make it past the second round in Melbourne this year

Krejcikova has looked at what happened elsewhere in the draw and knows exactly what to expect from Keys.

“Madison, she plays great. She was flawless. She played really well,” said Krejcikova.

“I think she’s really powerful. I think she’s always been very powerful. I think she’s doing her thing right.

“She likes to be aggressive. Today she served really well and she hit her forehand really well too. This is what she did really, really well. We have to find a way to eliminate these things, how to give her my game .”

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