Ajla Tomljanovic and Ash Barty faced off in an all-Australian quarterfinal under the roof at Wimbledon.
Tomljanovic looked to be more relaxed than during the start of her fourth round match however that didn’t help against world no. 1 Ash Barty.
World no. 75 Tomljanovic held the opening service game but then lost the next six to see Barty take the opening set 6-1.
Barty was striking the ball crisply and dominated her opponent. Barty did have to fight off a break point in game 6 after hitting the ball into the net when perhaps distracted by seeing Tomljanovic slip, but other than that she was well on top.
Tomljanovic managed to break Barty in the opening game of the second set only to see Barty lift and break back in the next game.
Barty then held and broke to lead 3-1 after a marathon service game by Tomljanovic.
Barty consolidated to lead 4-1 before Tomljanovic got back on serve after breaking her countrywoman in the seventh game.
It would however be the last game Tomljanovic would win a game and Barty sealed her spot in the semifinals with an Ace.
The match score was 6-1, 6-3 after one hour and six minutes.
“This is a dream come true. Genuinely, it is,” Barty said. “This is my dream and I’m extremely grateful that I’ve got an opportunity to come out here, have fun and live out what I work so hard to do. I’m loving and enjoying every minute.”
“The match-up felt really bad from my side,” Tomljanovic admitted. “Felt like she was neutralising my serve with the slice, which kind of set the tone for me and made me really uncomfortable because it was hard to break her. She was serving great, and the slice was just really hard to deal with today.”
“Today I was able to use my weapons a little bit better and just bring the ball back into my patterns a bit more regularly. I certainly wasn’t as loose as I have been with errors and kind of ill-timed lapses,” Barty said, comparing her form to earlier in the tournament. “I felt really sharp.”
Barty faces the 2018 Wimbledon champion Angie Kerber in the semifinals.
In the other semifinal it is former world no. 1 Karolina Pliskova against Aryna Sabalenka.
Sabalenka did have a chance to take the no. 1 ranking in women’s tennis however Barty has now kept her at bay.