Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty has not let Petra Kvitova repeat her 2019 quarterfinal victory at the Australian Open. A year ago Kvitova cruised past the then world no. 15 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Since that loss Barty went on to claim her first Grand Slam singles title and she rose to the world no. 1 ranking. She had also defeated Kvitova on three occasions since her Australian Open loss.
This time around it was Kvitova that got off to a good start breaking Barty to love in the third game only to be broken back in the next game for 2-2.
Barty had a tough time in the seventh game fighting off five break points before finally securing the game. Kvitova faced a break point in the next game and Barty saved two in the 11th game.
The opening set would eventually be decided in a tie breaker.
Kvitova gained the early advantage with a mini break for 3-1. Barty would hit back thanks to some great defence in a 22 shot rally. Kvitova held a set point at 6-5 before Barty ran off three straight points to claim the set.
In the second set Barty came out firing and raced to a 4-0 lead. Kvitova held serve and then broke Barty to recover to 4-2.
The Kvitova comeback was shortlived as Barty broke again to be serving for the match at 5-2.
Kvitova was not going away without a fight and held two break points at 15-40 however Barty won the next four points including two Aces to book her spot in the semifinals with a 7-6(6), 6-2 victory.
“It’s been absolutely incredible. I knew that I had to bring my absolute best today against Petra. That first set was so crucial,” Barty said.
“I just wanted to try to make the most of it and it was really good to get a quick start in the second.”
The world no. 1 will face the 14th seed from the USA Sofia Kenin. Barty leads the head to head 4-1. Barty defeated Kenin in the r16 at the French Open before claiming that title. Kenin upset Barty in the R32 in Toronto.
Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the singles semifinals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984. Barty is attempting to be the first Australian in the final since Turnbull in 1980 and the first winner since Chris O’Neil in 1978.