Ash Barty upset in the Australian Open quarterfinals

  • Ash Barty upset in the Australian Open quarterfinals

Ash Barty upset in the Australian Open quarterfinals

Barty, who hadn't dropped a set on her way into the quarterfinals, started strongly against her lower-ranked opponent, but fell in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. "It will be a brilliant match", Barty said, describing her opponent - also 24 years old - as a "hell of a player". I was a bit lost on the court and my head was spinning, so I took a break. "It was very tough".

The Australian opened up an early break in the second set to lead 2-0 before Muchova took an extended injury timeout and left the court. Muchova took 21 minutes to finally get on the board.

"She played nearly like no mistakes", said Muchova, whose best previous Grand Slam run was to the last eight at Wimbledon in 2019.

In other quarter final action on Wednesday, Andrey Rublev faces fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev while in the night session, world number two Rafael Nadal is up against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Muchova said that her blood pressure was checked off the court, saying that she felt dizzy.

"So they cooled me down a bit with ice and it helped me".

Asked if she was injured, the 2019 Wimbledon quarter-finalist said: "No".

The world No.27 returned to the court several minutes later and swiftly broke Barty's serve for the first time.

Her come-from-behind win ended top seed Barty's hopes of becoming the first home victor at the Australian Open in 43 years after Chris O'Neil's breakthrough in 1978.

Mixing deep moon balls with delicate backhand drop shots, the Czech grabbed another service break to surge to a 5-3 lead before snaring the set to level the match up.

However, Muchová took a nine minute medical timeout after the first set - before staging a comeback to gain full control to win the second set 6-4 and clinched the decider 6-2.

Barty's departure extends the local singles title drought to a 44th year.

Muchova's 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2 victory sets up a semifinal against the victor of the all American clash between 22nd seed Jennifer Brady and the unseeded Jessica Pegula.