Ashleigh Barty Loses in Australian Open Quarterfinals
Top-seeded Ashley Barty, who represented her country’s best chance for a domestic Australian Open champion, lost in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, 1-6, 6-3, to Czech 25-seed Carolyn Mustova. Lost 6–2. Republic.
Barty started the match in prominence, giving Muchova a set and a 6–1, 2–0 break to lead at Rod Laver Arena.
Muchova took an off-court medical timeout early in the second set, in which doctors examined her vital signs and chilled them with ice.
“I had a head spin, so I took a break,” Muchova said in her post-match interview.
After Mustova returned to court, Barty became inconsistent. At 2–1, he made four unforced errors to leave his serve and level the second set. She finished with 19 unexpected errors in the second set after having only six in the first set.
As Barty faltered, Muchova played with increasing patience and composure, followed by a rally in the second set in which he struck five overhand smashes before Barty made an error at the end.
In the third set, Barty continued to be noticed. He made a number of errors on shots that should have been simple, not adjusting to Motova’s speed change well. Barty earned three break points to regain her concentration in the final game, but she could not convert any of them.
Muchova won with ace on his first match point. Muchova, a rare player who can match Barty’s all-court play and versatility, was playing in his second Grand Slam quarter-final after making that round at Wimbledon in 2019.
Barty’s departure from a court that drew no fans for the fifth consecutive day was a setback for the tournament. Fans were kept from the field for five days following a government-imposed so-called circuit breaker lockdown due to a small coronovirus outbreak, but they have been allowed to return on Thursday for the semi-finals.
Barty did not travel internationally when she resumed her epidemic break last year, but retained her No. 1 ranking as the WTA substantially freeze her ranking system and in 2019 Winning the French Open and the WWA finals did not end up scoring his points.
Barty won a tournament at the Barai Valley Classic held in Melbourne, a week before the Australian Open began. She suffered from a left foot injury early in the tournament, forcing her to withdraw from the doubles draw to reduce her workload, but it showed some bad effects in the second week of the tournament.
Barty’s exit means the Australian Open finalists will be outside the top 20. Muchova will face 22nd seed Jennifer Brady or Unseeded Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals.
No Australian woman has won the Australian Open Singles title since 1978, Chris O’Neill. Barty reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year, defeating Sophia Kainin and won the tournament.