Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty has overcome a slow start against the Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion.
It is amazing to think that this was Krejcikova’s first main draw appearance at Wimbledon.
Barty came out of the blocks slow, meanwhile her opponent was feeling confident after winning 15 straight matches including taking the the French Open title.
Krejcikova got the first break in the third game of the opening set and would consolidate before games went with serve to see her serving at 4-2.
Barty was starting to hit the ball with more authority and made her move. She broke for 3-4 and then held a tight service game to level at 4-4.
Another break of serve for Barty saw her in control only to see Krejcikova break back for 5-5.
Barty held and then broke to love to claim the first set after 47 minutes.
In the second set Barty broke in the sixth game to lead 4-2 only to get broken.
Barty would break again to lead 5-3. The world no. 1 then would hold serve after being taken to deuce to claim the match 7-5, 6-3, and advance to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“An incredibly tough match. I was excited for the challenge today. Just happy to come through in the end. Feel like I found some pretty good stuff when I needed it most, which is great. I love coming out here and testing myself against the best in the world, and there’s certainly no place I’d rather be at the moment,” said Barty in the on-court interview that followed.
Barty awaits the winner of the Ajla Tomljanovic and Emma Raducanu match. Britain’s 18-year-old Raducanu will have the hopes of her nation on her as she looks to continue her fairytale Grand Slam debut.