Ashleigh Barty beats Maria Sharapova to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Ashleigh Barty beats Maria Sharapova to reach Australian Open quarter-finals”

"I remember when she was working with Jason Stoltenberg and I loved watching her practise and just seeing how she has every shot in the book", the Belgian said. The 22-year-old, who won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 coming back from behind said it was her break from the game when she played in the WBBL that she emerged as a better tennis player.

Ashleigh Barty with kids from the Goolum Goolum Aboriginal co-operative in regional Victoria before her practice session.

Five-time major victor Sharapova claimed her biggest scalp since completing a drug ban in 2017 when she rolled defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in round three and looked on track to carry the momentum forward.

"When you're back, you need a little bit of the luck in the beginning", said Nadal, who didn't play a competitive match between the last U.S. Open and the season-opening major in Australia because of injuries.

Former Australian Open victor Kim Clijsters has jumped on the Ashleigh Barty bandwagon, hailing the sporting super talent as a potential champion with "every shot in the book".

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Kvitova was given a time violation warning in the eighth game of the second set and Barty, according to Nguyen, responded by saying something under her breath.

"I followed a lot of her career".

Kerber, the German player who won the 2016 Australian Open and reached the semifinals a year ago, was the third seeded player Collins has beat in Melbourne, joining No. 19 Caroline Garcia of France in the third round and No. 14 Julia Goerges of Germany in the first round.

And if her emotional words on courts tell you how much this means, maybe the words from her opponents will. She was asked about the same by a journalist in the press conference and Sharapova snapped back. "I definitely had a letdown for many games straight, gave her that confidence".

"I'm just living the dream, living what I've been working hard for", said the 14th seed, who lives in Cyprus but trains at the academy of Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou in France.

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Also tonight, Rafael Nadal is playing United States gun Frances Tiafoe after the women's match so it's a lit night of tennis, all things considered. Not getting ahead of myself or anything here. but if Ash reaches the final, she'll be the first Aussie woman to do it since Wendy Turnbull in 1984. Wozniacki took a 3-2 lead in the set before Sharapova sparked the victory by closing her out with three consecutive points.

The 22-year-old, roared on by a raucous home crowd that included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and men's great Rod Laver, converted her fourth match point with an ace to seal the win in two hours and 22 minutes.

See Barty come up against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. "So it's the first semifinal of the second career", Kvitova said.

"For me, having that 18 months off was vital". She has gone out in the first round four times, in the second round three times (once to Laura Robson), in the third round once.

On her loss to Barty despite creating chances for herself in the final set, Sharapova said, "Yeah, a different style, but a really tough style to play against".

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"I think from all of the girls in the locker room, it's fantastic just to see her back out here", Barty said. Williams won their next U.S. Open encounter in the quarterfinals a year ago.

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