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Aussie Ash Barty flashes past Petra Kvitova

Aussie Ash Barty flashes past Petra Kvitova
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World No.1 Ash Barty continues to break new ground, gaining revenge over No.7 seed Petra Kvitova 7-6(6) 6-2 to surge into her maiden Australian Open semifinal.

The home charge was dismantled in straight sets by the explosive power of two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova at this stage last year at Rod Laver Arena.

Back on centre stage and top seed Barty utilised her full all-court craft to become the first Australian woman to reach the Australian Open final four since 1984.

The reigning Roland Garros champion will face American prodigy Sofia Kenin in the semifinals.

“This is absolutely incredible, I knew I had to bring my absolute best today against Petra. It’s a challenge. I love it. I love testing myself against Petra. She has this way of bringing out the very best in me, Barty said.

“She came at me with all guns blazing. That first set could have gone either way. It was really important to try and get my nose ahead when I could. It was nice to save a set point and get a roll on early in the second set with a couple of quick breaks,” she said, before praising her coach Craig Tyzzer.

“He’s Coach of the Year (2019) for a reason. He carries his trophy in his backpack, just because he likes to look at it, don’t you ‘Tyzz’,” joked the top seed. “But he does everything to the nth degree, he’s extremely disciplined looking at the other players for me. He’s incredibly diligent at what he does and that’s why he is the best.”

2019 finalist Kvitova was committed to heavy hitting and all-out aggression from the very first ball. Barty, having defeated the Czech in all three meetings since the Australian Open duel last January, needed no warning of Kvitova’s capabilities, but the force flying over the net was drawing gasps from the crowd.

In a frenetic start, Kvitova’s delicate drop shot and bludgeoned returns at 1-1 broke the Barty serve to love.

Nervous murmurs swirled around the stands at the changeover, but within the past 12 months the Australian has topped the rankings and won a major – the knowhow, the drive and finding a way to win is Barty’s speciality.

Nine successive points for the top seed and Barty was in the ascendancy.

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