Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty faced world no. 12 Petra Kvitova for a place in the semifinals at the Madrid Open.
Barty raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set before Kvitova finally held serve. Barty would serve out the first set to take the set 6-1.
In the second set Kvitova broke early to lead 2-0. The Czech was down 15-40 in the next game before fighting back to save three break points before holding to lead 3-0.
Barty would hold before Kvitova also held serve for a 4-1 lead. Kvitova was holding serve comfortably and had a 5-2 lead with Barty serving to stay in the set.
Barty also was able to hold comfortably to force Kvitova to serve for the second set.
The Czech won the first point when Barty hit long, before Kvitova also hit long for 15-15.
A Kvitova winner and an Ace and it was set point. Kvitova wasted the first chance when she hit a forehand into the net.
The next point she served with accuracy down the T and had Barty on the stretch. A return landed short and Kvitova stepped in to hit a forehand winner to take the set.
Kvitova hit 15 winners to 2 from Barty in the second set, with14 unforced errors to 7. With all of those winners she had just one break point and converted.
Barty opened the third set holding after dropping one point. The world no. 1 got an early break for a 2-0 lead.
Kvitova then hit an astonishing return at 30-30 when she hit a great angled return winner to setup a break point.
Barty hit a great second serve Ace to save the break back point. Barty would hold for a 3-0 lead.
Kvitova was in trouble at 0-30 in the next game before winning four straight points to hold. Kvitova won another four straight points to break Barty to love and get back on serve.
Barty had a break point in the next game, only to see a good wide swinging serve force an error, but Barty would again have a look at a break point, she hit long.
A great chip lob winner earned another break point and this time Barty would convert to lead 4-2.
Barty would face break points in her next service game at 15-40. Barty got back to deuce before a Kvitova backhand scorcher of a return hit the line.
Barty would hold her nerve and hold serve to lead 5-2.
Kvitova was down 15-40 in the next game but saved the two match points with some solid hitting.
A great lob by Barty got her out of trouble on the opening point to see her take the first point.
Kvitova was on the attack in the next point but would hit long. An Ace from Barty saw her with three match points at 40-0.
Barty almost claimed the match with an Ace, but it just missed. The second serve was belted for a winner to keep Kvitova in the match but it would end on the next point when Barty hit a forehand into the open court.
The final score was 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in favour of Barty.
Barty took her winning streak to 15 on red clay as she moved through to a semifinal against Spain’s Paula Badosa.
Badosa was the last player to defeat Barty when she defeated the world no. 1 on green clay in the WTA 500 tournament in Charleston.
World no. 62, Badosa had earlier advanced to the semifinals after defeating Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5.